Cleveland Asks If City Should Be ‘Burned Down’ Like Baltimore In Epic Twitter Fail

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A social media campaign designed to spark conversation about community policing in Cleveland went astray this week when the city’s community relations board invoked violence in Baltimore to ask residents whether they thought the town should “be burned down.”

The community relations board’s executive director, Blaine Griffin, wrote Monday on the city’s website that the #OurCLE campaign encouraged residents to voice their thoughts on police and community relations ahead of the verdict in the trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Brelo was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 fatal shooting of two black suspects.

Following widespread looting and violence in Baltimore on Monday night, a tweet sent from the board’s account asked residents whether they thought Cleveland should be “burned down”:

After those tweets received some pushback, another tweet was sent out from the board’s account that read “@CRBcleveland wants to make a clarification. We have always asked for us to build up #ourcle not tear it down,” according to

Those tweets were all deleted by Tuesday morning, according to the news website. Later Tuesday, the board’s twitter account issued an apology:

Cleveland residents weren’t having it, though:

It wasn’t clear who was running the community board’s account, according to, and a city spokesman did not return a request for comment from the website.

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