Cleveland mayor, police chief give update on agreement with Justice Department

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams gave an update today on the settlement agreement between the city and the Department of Justice.

The 105-page agreement was released last week.

In essence, the agreement calls for more training and accountability for officers, and it involves the community in a much deeper way as to how the city’s police division functions. It still must be approved by a federal judge.

The agreement came just two days after a judge found Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of manslaughter for his role in the deaths of two people at the end of a highly controversial police chase in 2012.

Shortly after that chase, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson called for the DOJ review that led to Tuesday’s Settlement Agreement.

The new deal may help to ease tensions as the city braces for a grand jury to decide whether to indict an officer in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old who was shot to death after an officer mistook his air soft pistol for a real weapon.

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