Cleveland police reform

A monitoring report says Cleveland police have made progress updating policies but face a backlog in investigations of complaints against officers. The six-month review was released Tuesday by the monitoring team overseeing the city’s consent decree with the Justice Department.

The monitors wrote positively of the city’s new training guidelines for its use-of-force and crisis intervention policies. Both were submitted for a judge’s approval in recent weeks.


The ACLU of Ohio is asking Cleveland to recommit to the promises made in a  2015 consent decree to reform the Police Department. This Friday marks two years since the agreement was signed.

Cleveland’s agreement with the Justice Department to reform the city’s police force is one of 14 across the country U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to review.  Sessions says such consent decrees taint entire police departments because of a few bad officers.  

From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kevin Niedermier reports Cleveland officials believe the 2015 agreement remains the best path to real reform.

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A nonprofit organization overseeing police reforms in Seattle will monitor the agreement between Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice aimed at curbing abuses by police and improving officers' relationships with the communities they serve.