Connection: County Commissioner's son & Browns player both arrested, how they're related

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 19 Action News has uncovered the untold story behind the arrest of Browns player Gerard Lawson.

You may recall, 25-year-old Defensive Back Gerard Lawson is charged with two misdemeanors driving under the influence and physical control of a vehicle.

He's accused of fleeing after hitting a parked car while drunk.

Caught in the middle of all this is a Cuyahoga County Commissioner's adult son who'd just been arrested as well.

22-year old Ryan Jones was in the warehouse district when he was about to be hauled in by Cuyahoga County Sheriff's deputies for disorderly conduct until they saw something else going on.

Browns Defensive Back Gerard Lawson was reportedly driving drunk when arresting deputies saw him hit another car. So deputies picked up that case and Cleveland cops ended up taking the commissioner's son away.

So now the questions remain, how should cops control crowds in the warehouse district at closing time? Do some cops target African-Americans and should bar owners do more?

19 Action News spoke to the commissioner by phone and he stated that his son, a recent college graduate, wasn't drunk and that Ryan felt he was approached in the warehouse district because he's African- American.

The officer involved in the incident tells 19 Action News that is not the case and they have a zero-tolerance policy.

After doing some more investigating, Reporter Ed Gallek found that the Jones incident may have never gotten so far had it not been for Gerard Lawson's driving.

Ryan Jones never went to court. He spent a few hours in jail and signed a no contest plea.

In hopes of getting to the bottom of this, Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones tells 19 Action News that he is currently in the process of setting up a meeting between him, his son and the arresting officer.

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