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Press Releases

CPC Letter to DOJ Requesting Investigation into Possible Civil Rights Violations During May 30 Lawful Assemblies
The CPC sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting a prompt examination into whether the involved police agencies engaged in violations of civil rights via attacks on peaceful protesters, unlawful arrests of protesters and the use of excessive force on protesters.
Analysis of the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team’s Eighth Semiannual Report
This report provides the citizens of Cleveland an alternate way to see what progress has been made towards fully complying with the consent decree.
Status Conference
The court will hold a status conference on July 14, 2020 regarding the Monitor Hassan Aden’s audit of disciplinary decisions made by the Director of Public Safety, the implementation of the Cleveland Division of Police Force Review Board Training in light of the Monitor’s qualifications and concerns, and the status of the Monitor’s review of the use of force during recent protest activity.
Monitoring Team’s 8th Semiannual Report
This Eighth Semiannual Report focuses on the efforts of the Cleveland Division of Police (“CDP”) to comply with the requirements of the Consent Decree between the United States and City of Cleveland. It is being issued during an unprecedented time. Even as the nation was making its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now grappling with the ongoing realities of systemic racism in all its forms – especially in policing.
The Community Police Commission recommends policy changes to increase police accountability, discipline consistency
The CPC's recommended discipline policy changes would bring the Cleveland Police closer to being into compliance with the consent decree.
Cleveland Community Police Commission’s Statement on McGrath Resignation
The CPC has been made aware via a news article that Michael McGrath has announced his retirement from the position of Safety Director for the City of Cleveland. Today, the Commission calls upon Mayor Jackson to conduct a nationwide search for a qualified and professional Safety Director.
Cleveland Community Police Commission’s (CPC) Statement on the Death of George Floyd
All of us on the CPC were profoundly saddened and horrified by George Floyd’s killing, as we were by similar events that took place across the country and in our own city. For this reason, the CPC stands with community members who exercised their first amendment rights in this fight for social justice.

In the News

Stories from the news and community highlighting the CPC’s work, Commission events, and Consent Decree updates.

Road to Reform: 5 years after USDOJ consent decree, has federal oversight changed Cleveland Police?

May marks 5 years since the City of Cleveland signed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to allow a federal monitoring team to implement sweeping reforms after a 2014 USDOJ investigation found officers engaged in a “pattern and practice” of excessive force. Continue reading Road to Reform: 5 years after USDOJ consent decree, has federal oversight changed Cleveland Police?

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