The Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) was established in 2015 as part of the terms of the Consent Decree between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Following an investigation, the DOJ determined there was a pattern of excessive force used by the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP). These findings were documented in the DOJ’s findings letter. The Consent Decree outlined the work that needed to be done so CDP policies, practices and procedures comply with Constitutional law.

A federal judge and appointed police monitor oversees the Consent Decree and ensures that the Cleveland Division of Police implements the specific reforms outlined in the Decree.
Consent Decree status updates and case filings are listed in chronological order on our website.

Our Work

The purpose of the Commission is to bring community input in the process of police reform. We work with the community to ensure that a variety of community perspectives about policing are heard and reflected in the CPC’s reports and policy recommendations. Ongoing community input is crucial to ensure policing in Cleveland is constitutional, effective, and consistent with community values. 

CPC Commissioners 

The Commission consists of 10 civilians who go through a selection process and are appointed for a four year term. Three officer organizations are also represented on the board which include members of The Black Shield, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA).

Commission members represent the diversity of Cleveland and include individuals from faith-based organizations, civil rights advocates, business/philanthropic communities, communities of color, advocacy organizations, academia, youth and student organizations, and individuals familiar with the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness and with mental illness issues.

Lewis Katz

Commissioner, Co-Chair

Contact: lkatz@clecpc.org

Mr. Katz is the John C. Hutchens Professor Emeritus of Law and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law. Mr. Katz has spent 53 years teaching criminal law and criminal procedure with a scholarship interest in 4th Amendment and civil rights law. Mr. Katz is a former consultant with the Ohio Sentencing Commission and with the New York and Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Commissions. Mr. Katz is the author of “Ohio Arrest Search and Seizure”, which is used in law schools and has had 27 editions issued, the most recent being in 2019.
Commissioner LaToya Logan - photo

LaToya Logan

Commissioner
Contact: llogan@clecpc.org

LaToya is the Chief Executive Officer of Project LIFT Behavioral Health Services and Consulting, which focuses on advocacy, training, and support services reducing disparities impacting the outcomes of transitional age Black males and fathers who are court-involved or have mental health needs. She serves as the Region Director for the National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter. She is a returning commissioner and former co-chair.

Gordon Friedman

Commissioner

Contact: gfriedman@clecpc.org

Mr. Friedman is an activist criminal defense attorney who has worked as a civil rights lawyer for over 40 years after starting out in the Public Defender’s Office of the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Friedman was an Associate Professor of Law at Cleveland Marshall Law School teaching criminal procedure and working with the criminal law legal clinic. He presently teaches as an Adjunct professor at the Marshall Law School. He was the founding Director of the Cleveland Free Clinic in 1970. Mr. Friedman is a returning member of the Commission.

Dr. Megan Testa

Commissioner

Contact: mtesta@clecpc.org

Dr. Testa is a medical doctor employed by University Hospitals Psychiatry Department who specializes in Adult Psychiatry with sub-specializations in Community Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry (Board Certified). Dr. Testa also works with the Cleveland based mental health agencies Frontline Services and Recovery Resources and the Cleveland Municipal Court Psychiatric Clinic. Dr. Testa currently serves as President Elect and Government relations Chair for the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association and is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University. 

Dr. Terry Echols

Commissioner

Contact: techols@clecpc.org

Dr. Echols is a Cleveland resident and is employed as the Assistant Director of Adult Education Services at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Dr. Echols is a Doctor of Adult Education and Higher Learning (E.D.) and has spent his career in social services and higher education. He has past service as the Chairman of the Stark County Urban League and as the committee chair for youth education for the NAACP of Stark County. Dr. Echols has an extensive background in multicultural affairs and literacy enhancement, with a focus on working to improve the quality of life of underserved populations.
Mayele Ngemba

Mayele Ngemba

Commissioner

Contact: mngemba@clecpc.org

Mr. Ngemba is employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a Bilingual Instructional Aid. Mr. Ngemba is originally from the Republic of the Congo and has lived in Cleveland for eight (8) years. Among a variety of civic and community groups, Mr. Ngemba presently serves as the President of the Congolese Youths of Greater Cleveland. He is the founder of and works with the local Cleveland based groups “Advocates for Peace and Change” and the co-founder of “Ambassadors for African Youth”. Much of his work and focus is on empowering local youth.

Harriet Hadley

Commissioner

Contact: hhadley@clecpc.org

Ms. Hadley is employed as the Business Community Liaison for the Cleveland Job Corps. She sits on a variety of boards and collaboratives, to include the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the National Congress of Black Women, the Rotary Club of Greater Cleveland, and the Collinwood Neighborhood Community Development Corporation. Ms. Hadley has worked closely with the Fifth Police District and has over 20 years of experience as an advocate working with young adults who have dropped out of school.

Commissioner Victoria Marion

Victoria Marion

Commissioner, Co-Chair

Contact: vmarion@clecpc.org

Ms. Marion is a Cleveland resident and is employed as a Senior Social Worker and Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where she works with the Comprehensive Homeless Center. She has worked with individuals having substance abuse disorders and/or mental illness. Ms. Marion has served on both the local and national board of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on the Advisory Board of Ursuline College.

Charmin Leon

Commissioner,
Black Shield

Contact: cleon@clecpc.org

Charmin J. Leon comes to the Commission after completing a twelve-year tenure with the Cleveland Division of Police. She worked patrol in the city’s fourth district, investigated complaints of officer misconduct, oversaw the personnel section, and established and lead recruitment for Police, Fire, and EMS until September of 2020. She now works for the Center for Policing Equity, a research and action agency that has established the largest database on police behavior in the United States. She joins as a representative for the Black Shield to elevate the voices of our black and brown communities, those most impacted by disparate policing while doing her part to make fair and professional policing a reality.

Lt. (Ret.) Gail Maxwell

Commissioner,
Fraternal Order of Police

Contact: gmaxwell@clecpc.org

Lt. Maxwell is a returning member of the Commission. Lt. Maxwell retired from the Cleveland Division of Police in April 2007. She was the Officer in Charge of the Sixth District Detective Bureau, which served Cleveland’s Collinwood and Glenville Neighborhoods. Lt. Maxwell resides in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. Lt. Maxwell is an active retired member of the FOP and has served as the FOP’s Election Committee Chairperson for over eleven (11) years. Lt. Maxwell is a proud citizen of Cleveland and her re-appointment to the Commission reflects her continuing wish to be part of the City’s progress moving forward.
Jeff Follmer

Det. Jeff Follmer

Commissioner,
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association

Contact: jfollmer@clecpc.org

Detective Follmer is a returning member of the Commission. Det. Follmer was elected president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association in November 2017.

How to Get Involved

Ongoing community engagement is key to ensure policing in Cleveland is constitutional, effective, and consistent with community values. Cleveland needs your voices!  

  • Join a CPC work group to discuss issues outlined in the Consent Decree and develop recommendations for police policy improvements. 
  • Participate in CPC and community events to share your thoughts about policing and related issues in your community.
  • Attend District Policing Committee (DPC) Meetings to engage with local CDP officers to identify problems, voice opinions on policing and crime, and network with neighbors and local community organizers.

Contact the CPC

We welcome your questions, comments and feedback about the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) and its work. Contact us by email at: info@clecpc.org, or by using the Contact Form.