- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Religious leaders in Cleveland are planning to open what they call “nonviolent centers” as the community prepares for a verdict in the case of a police officer charged in the fatal shooting of two unarmed citizens.

A group of 20 pastors met at Cleveland’s Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church Tuesday to promote peace and safety as the trial of patrolman Michael Brelo wrapped up.

WEWS-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Qm0Ksu ) the group plans to open community centers to encourage people to act nonviolently in the wake of a verdict.

Bishop Tony Minor says the goal is to ensure those who want to express their opinions don’t get caught up in violent activity they hadn’t planned to engage in.

The judge deciding the case says a verdict likely won’t come before late next week.

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Information from: WEWS-TV, https://www.newsnet5.com

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