Consent Decree Community Conversation: Use of Force

The United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP are partnering to sponsor a 10-month, in-depth series of dialogue on police reform mandated through the Consent Decree and its ramifications for our community. Join the second United Way Community Conversation about this month’s topic: Use of Force.

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 6:0pm – 7:30pm 
Registration Link:

Five years ago, The City of Cleveland and the US Department of Justice entered a Consent Decree to institute changes in the Cleveland Police Department. As a Greater Clevelander, you have a right to know more about this crucial issue.

The US Department of Justice acknowledges that Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) recently has made important changes to some of its force policies. Building upon these improvements, CDP will revise, develop, and implement force policies, training, supervision, and accountability systems with the goal of ensuring that force is used in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the requirements of this Agreement and that any use of unreasonable force is promptly identified and responded to appropriately.

The force policies, training, supervision, and accountability systems will be designed with the goal of:

– Ensuring that officers use techniques other than force
– Use force only when necessary, and in a manner that avoids unnecessary injury
– Deescalate the use of force at the earliest possible moment
– Accurately and completely report all uses of force

Please register to join this conversation and help to elevate change in our community. A more inclusive and equitable future for all Greater Clevelanders is possible.


  • Nick Castele, Journalist & Producer, Ideastream


  • Chief Calvin Williams, Cleveland Division of Police
  • Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Cleveland State University
  • Basheer Jones, Cleveland City Council Ward 7
  • Lewis Katz, Co-Chair, Cleveland Community Police Commission
  • Brian Maxey, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team

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Feb 10 2021


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Online Event