Michael Brelo, the Cleveland police officer who was acquitted on manslaughter charges last month after he hopped on the hood of a car and finished off two unarmed citizens by shooting them 15 times, is now facing assault charges stemming from a drunken altercation with his brother.
His brother, Mark, is also facing assault charges as well as a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident took place May 27 in the home of Michael Brelo in Bay Village, a municipality west of Cleveland.
But the brothers didn’t turn themselves in until today, a week after the altercation.
Knowing this would be a national story, Michael donned a collared shirt and tie for his mugshot. His brother opted for the shirtless look.
Both men voluntarily surrendered to Bay Village police on Wednesday. They were processed and released, with court appearances scheduled for June 10.
According to the police department, the men, who had been drinking, got into a physical fight at Michael’s house. Court documents said both Brelos suffered visible injuries.
Cleveland Police Union President Steve Loomis said Michael Brelo wanted his brother out of his house and a fight broke out.
“The incident between the Brelo brothers was thoroughly investigated and reviewed with the city prosecutor. Based on the facts, it was determined that assault charges against both were appropriate and warranted. This determination was made independent of the criminal court case involving Michael Brelo,” Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said in a news release on Wednesday.
Michael Brelo is still on unpaid administrative leave from the Cleveland Police Department for the shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, whose car had backfired during a pursuit, causing dozens of police officers to fear for their lives and open fire after a pursuit that involved 60 officers.
But Brelo proved to be the cowboy of the bunch, walking up to the car after reloading and hopping on the hood – later claiming he was in fear for his life – where he fired the final 15 of the 49 shots he had fired.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell acquitted him on May 23, stating that there was no way to know if Brelo’s final 15 shots were the ones that killed the couple considering they were struck by a total of 122 bullets.
Since then, the prosecutor in the case filed an appeal to get the judge to “correct the record” to prevent cops in the future to believe they have a license to kill as if they already don’t believe that.