CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers star LeBron James asked protesters not to turn violent in the wake of acquittal of a white police officer charged in the shooting deaths of two black motorists.
The streets were calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear arrested 71 protesters Saturday night. Several turned their anger toward bystanders in downtown Cleveland, Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday. Someone picked up a restaurant sign and hit a patron in the head, and other protesters used pepper spray on passers-by and restaurant patrons sitting at outdoor cafes.
Three people were arrested near Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs are scheduled to play Sunday night in Game 3 in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
“Violence is not the answer and it’s all about trying to find a solution for good or for bad," James said. "In any case, anything that goes on in our world or in America, the only thing we should worry about is the families that lost loved ones. You can never get them back. We should worry about the families and how they are doing.”