Protests erupt in Cleveland following controversial acquittal

US police have arrested several people amid protests in Cleveland, Ohio. The protests were sparked by a white officer’s acquittal on charges of manslaughter in the killing of two unarmed black suspects.

Cleveland police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaciia said more than 20 people had been arrested in Saturday night’s riots, which broke out just minutes after the white police officer, Michael Brelo, was cleared of all charges in the 2012 shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both of them black.

Police patrolled the streets of the city in riot gear as the protesters marched shouting “No justice – no peace” and “Black lives matter.” At least three people were arrested at a restaurant after an object thrown through a window of the building injured a customer.

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The protests came as US law enforcement comes under growing scrutiny on charges of systemic racism following a number of cases where lethal force has been used against minority groups.
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