Cleveland police reform will likely extend beyond 5 years

A semi-annual report released by the independent monitoring team overseeing the consent decree says "significant" work remains in completing reform measures


By Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Cleveland's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to complete scheduled reforms of the city's police department is expected to exceed the five-year period both sides anticipated.

Cleveland.com reports a semi-annual report released Wednesday by the independent monitoring team overseeing the agreement called a consent decree says "significant" work remains in completing reform measures a federal judge approved in June 2015.

Police officers stand guard in Public Square during a protest on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, during the final day of the Republican convention.
Police officers stand guard in Public Square during a protest on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, during the final day of the Republican convention. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The city and the Justice Department reached an agreement on reforms in late 2014 after a Justice Department investigation found Cleveland police officers had engaged in a pattern or practice of using excessive force and violating people's civil rights.

The report says use-of-force incidents from January through May of 2018 dropped to 63 compared with 103 during the same period last year. New use-of-force policies took effect in January.
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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

 

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