WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Tuesday announced a settlement with the city of Cleveland and its police department, following a deeply critical investigation that had found a “pattern or practice” of excessive law enforcement violence that violated the Constitution.
Under the 105-page consent decree, Cleveland agreed to a series of reforms that will be overseen by a federal monitor. Cleveland will establish a city-wide Community Police Commission, revamp its Police Review Board and adopt new training and policies, among other changes.
“The provisions of this agreement will help ensure the many brave men and women of the Cleveland Division of Police can do their jobs not only constitutionally, but also more safely and effectively,” said Steven N. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The agreement also calls for an assessment of the police department’s equipment needs, creates a new Mental Health Response Advisory Committee and enhance data collection.
“There is much work to be done, across the nation and in Cleveland, to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve where it has eroded, but it can be done,” said Vanay Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
The settlement, announced at a press conference convened in Cleveland, is meant to resolve problems identified in a Justice Department report issued last December. The department’s Special Litigation Section initiated the inquiry after a series of violent incidents.
(05-26-2015 09:21 PM)Maggot Wrote: I wonder who will pay for all these wonderful enhancements. And Cleveland is not " like the rest of the country" not by a long shot.
Cleveland has body cams already -- by the end of the year, they've committed that all patrol officers will be wearing them.
The Community Police Council will be made up of appointees who represent the residents and have influence, according to the news releases. They will have a budget to conduct meetings and report recommendations/findings, but I think those on the council will be volunteers.
The Compliance Monitor will be a Federal employee.
So, I think the majority of the costs to the city of Cleveland will be associated with properly retraining officers in use of force and upgrading its technologies. Mayor Jackson has indicated that the city financial planners are working on budgeting strategies now.
IMO, Cleveland will be like some other major cities who've reformed police departments that were infamous for overly heavy-handed and corrupt policing. If they get their shit together and the community members respond positively and do their part, the city will benefit financially with a reduction in police brutality settlements.
Serial killing piece of shit Michael Madison was sentenced to death today.
The father of one of his three female victims leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court during his victim impact statement.
Van Terry is the father of victim Shirellda Terry. "Right now, I guess we're supposed to, in our hearts forgive this clown, who has touched our families, taken my child," Terry said.
Mr. Terry then paused and turned to look behind him at Madison, who was sitting behind the defense table, before running towards the convicted killer and lunging over the table at him. It's difficult to watch. Mr. Terry is in such visible anguish. Poor man.
Madison, who showed no remorse and smirked throughout the the trial, was unhurt. I sure hope no legal action is taken against Mr. Terry; he's endured enough.