A Look at Policing Settlement Terms Between Cleveland, DOJ
May 26, 2015, 5:51 PM ET
By The Associated Press
Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of an independent monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. Some of the settlement’s terms:
A citywide community police commission will be created to provide input on police matters. Religious, civil rights and other community leaders will work with neighborhood committees to facilitate communication with police and establish a community policing plan.
USE OF FORCE
New use-of-force policies require that any use of firearms, pepper spray and stun guns is proper, lawful, reported and reviewed. For example, officers will not be permitted to fire shots from or at a moving vehicle and must document all instances of a firearm being unholstered during any police incident. Officers will receive training on the lawful limits of using force, and a new force review board will evaluate uses of force and subsequent investigations.
Officers will be trained on responding to individuals in crisis. A mental health response advisory committee will be developed and a new coordinator position will be created to foster good relationships between police and mental health advocates.
The city will hire an inspector general to review police policies and determine compliance with state and federal law. The inspector, appointed by the mayor, will also analyze trends, develop recommendations for police reform and conduct investigations. The candidate cannot be a current or former employee of the police department.
DATA ANALYSIS AND COLLECTION
A new coordinator will ensure the collection and tracking of all documents related to police use-of-force and misconduct allegations. The coordinator will be responsible for creating and maintaining a reliable and accurate electronic system to track data on all police stops and searches and issue a report on the information.