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Ohio ACLU applauds Cleveland's new 'mass arrest' rules
The procedures stem from a suit over delays in processing those arrested in the wake of the Michael Brelo acquittal
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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ACLU Ohio Executive Director Christine Link says the case is ongoing involving four people arrested during protests over the acquittal of Michael Brelo
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Cleveland has created new mass arrest procedures for protesters in response to an ACLU suit over four of those arrested in May after police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted on voluntary manslaughter charges.

The ACLU says the protesters were illegally delayed from appearing before a judge just to keep them off the streets during the Cavliers playoff game.
The new procedures require police to put a time-stamped sticker on anyone arrested, then take them to a processing center. ACLU Ohio Executive Director Christine Link says she’s pleased with the new rules.
LISTEN: Link say the new rules address key concerns

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“In this situation, people were arrested, loaded into vans and then moved around the city for some number of hours before they were booked -- and then held for as much as 36 hours. In the meantime, judges were ready: they had put themselves on overtime in order to hear cases. Public defenders were waiting.”

The news comes as the city plans to buy protest insurance ahead of next year's Republican presidential convention.
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