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The federal government is considering spending more on crime fighting task forces in Northeast Ohio, according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Updated 2:20 p.m., July 11, 2019

The suspect in custody in connection with a quadruple homicide in Slavic Village earlier this week is the father of one of the victims, Cleveland police said.

Armond Johnson, Sr., 26, has not yet been formally charged in the killings but was arrested on aggravated murder charges Thursday morning following an arrest Tuesday in a separate aggravated robbery case.

The mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by Cleveland Police officer Timothy Loehmann in 2014, delivered petitions to the Cleveland Police union Monday asking they stop their efforts to get Loehmann his job back, but the union has no plans to pull their support.

Samaria Rice says Loehmann is reckless and a danger to the community as a police officer.

How Is Ohio Changing Its Response To Sexual Violence?

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Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
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For one Ohio trafficking victim, the opening of the accredited rape crisis center at the YWCA Dayton last year proved crucial to quelling her inner demons, which lingered long after the physical pain subsided. For years, her abuser raped and beat her daily.

The monitor overseeing Cleveland’s police reform agreement says the city is at a “critical turning point,” and now must put new policies into practice.

The city, the monitoring team and the Justice Department provided an update on the consent decree to U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver on Tuesday afternoon.

“This is the point at which paper must be transformed into sustained, ongoing practice,” Monitor Matthew Barge wrote in his team’s latest semiannual report. He added that the city “still has a distance to travel” until it fully complies with the consent decree.

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A police union says it has appealed the firing of a white Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun.

Cleveland Communities Grapple With Trauma From Gun Violence Spike

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Nine-year-old Saniyah Nicholson was caught in crossfire and killed by stray bullet June 20.

A rash of shootings over the past week in Cleveland have contributed to a 20 percent jump in the overall numbers for July compared to last year, according to the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

The city of Cleveland has disciplined five officers in two separate incidents, one involving the death of Tanisha Anderson and another involving uninvestigated sex crimes cases.

Safety Director Michael McGrath suspended a police officer for not calling EMS quickly enough to assist Anderson, who died after a mental health crisis in 2014. Another officer received a written warning. Two police supervisors were demoted and another was suspended over the sex crimes cases.

Tanisha Anderson Investigation

By Phil de Olivera, WKSU

The mother of Tanisha Anderson is accusing Cuyahoga County officials of trying to cover up police officers' role in her death in 2014 by blaming it on a heart condition.  

An autopsy of the county coronor originally ruled Tanisha Anderson's death a homicide. But the attorney general's office ordered another autopsy last year after it was discovered the case file was tainted with statements by the two officers involved in the incident.  

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The federal monitoring team overseeing the police consent decree in Cleveland released its fourth progress report this week.

A new report assessing the use of body cameras raises concerns that police departments could misuse the video footage.  As ideastream’s Mark Urycki reports, police departments in Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland are among those distributing body cameras to its officers.  

 

 

Civil rights organizations The Leadership Conference and Upturn have issued a scorecard measuring 8 concerns about body cameras and not many departments meet their standards. 

The report states:

When the Cleveland police union endorsed state Treasurer Josh Mandel (Republican) today in his bid for US Senate, there were no union members in the audience.

The union president Steve Loomis announced the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association leadership had voted to endorse Mandel over incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D).  Loomis said Brown is “stale” and does not support law enforcement.

“…rambles on about Black Lives Matter and false narratives and that’s just completely unacceptable,” said Loomis.

Cleveland police have agreed to cut in half a backlog of citizen complaint cases by the end of the year. The monitor overseeing the city’s consent decree laid out a schedule of deadlines in a federal court filing last week.

The monitoring team in June said that Cleveland is moving too slowly in finishing years-old investigations of complaints against officers.

The draft of a new policy barring discrimination by Cleveland police officers is available for public review.

The bias-free policing policy prohibits officers from stopping or arresting people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, among other attributes. But if police are looking for a suspect, they may still take those characteristics into account if they’re part of a credible and specific description.

Officers are also not allowed to use derogatory language.

The city of Cleveland says it’s working toward complying with the police reform agreement signed with the Justice Department two years ago. The city filed its latest six-month status update in federal court on Wednesday. 

Cleveland’s chief counsel says the city is focused on “substantially reducing” the backlog in complaint cases against officers.

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