City of Cleveland’s Motion Regarding Charter Amendments

Date Filed: December 2, 2021

On November 2, 2021, the Cleveland voters adopted amendments to existing Charter Sections 115-1 through 115-4 which address the Police Review Board (PRB) and Office of Professional Standards (OPS). In the same Charter amendment the voters adopted new Section 115-5 establishing a Community Police Commission and outlining its duties, and new Section 119-1 titled “Discipline of Police.” The City respects the decision of the electors of the City who voted on November 2, 2021 and strives to fulfill its obligations.

This Motion is made pursuant to the directive in the newly adopted Charter amendment. The City desires to fulfill the will of the voters. Intersections with and differences from the Consent Decree, collective bargaining agreements, the Cleveland Charter, and other legal authorities are noted because conflict and other legal issues must be resolved in order to incorporate the amended and new sections into the Consent Decree, if that is what the Court orders.

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