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Just four days after he was acquitted in the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black couple, Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo has been arrested and is facing assault charges after an altercation with his twin brother.

According to CNN, Brelo, 31, and his brother Mark both surrendered to police on Wednesday after a drunken fight at Michael's home around 4 a.m. May 27.


The police report viewed by CNN doesn't state why the brothers were fighting, but CNN does note that Mark Brelo reportedly "banged" on a neighbor's door around 4:28 a.m. asking for help.

"Mark Brelo was intoxicated and had marks that indicated he had been in a physical confrontation," according to the police report viewed by the news station.


"Mark Brelo stated he was involved in an incident with his brother, Michael Brelo. The investigation determined that both brothers had been drinking at Michael Brelo's residence and had gotten into a physical fight with each other. Both Brelos had observable injuries and admitted to being in a physical altercation. No weapons were involved in the assault," police said.

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said in a statement, "Based on the facts, it was determined that assault charges against both were appropriate and warranted. This determination was made independent of the recent criminal court case involving Michael Brelo."


Michael Brelo was acquitted May 23 in the November 2012 shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a 22-mile car chase that ended after police riddled the car with bullets. Once the automobile came to a stop, Brelo reportedly stood on the hood of shot some 15 times into the windshield. Both Russell and Williams were killed in the encounter.

The news station notes that both men have been released and are scheduled for arraignment June 10.


Read more at CNN.

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