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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  1. Is this a trick question?

  2. If you are going to sarcastically ask if an American city should be burned to the ground, it’s the height of irony to then mention Cleveland.

  3. 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.

    Who the fuck would ask such a horrid and insensitive question? Even if you took it as sarcasm, the question suggests complete ignorance of the problem big cities are facing, reducing it to two solutions…build or burn. Stupid, stupid shit…

    Oh, and fire all those assholes and get a new Board of Community Relations. They are totally off-base, incompetent, and apparently don’t know what their job is supposed to be about.


  4. Yea, like anybody’d notice…

  5. This definitely sounds like a “fire an intern” moment.

    Second, I should think that Cleveland, of all places, wouldn’t want to give anyone any ideas along those lines.

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