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New Charges Against Cleveland Cop Michael Brelo

by Jon Schuppe /  / Updated 

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A Cleveland police officer who was acquitted last month in a fatal 2012 shooting faces new charges, this time for assaulting his brother.

The alleged beating took place May 27, four days after Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of two unarmed passengers following a car chase. The acquittal sparked street protests that resulted in several arrests.

Brelo, 31, was charged Wednesday with criminal misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting his brother, Mark, "in the head, face and body" in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, according to court documents.

A warrant was issued for Brelo's arrest. It was not clear whether he had been taken into custody.

A police detective said the charges were filed after interviewing both brothers about the incident.

A lawyer who has represented Brelo could not immediately be reached for comment.

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