CLEVELAND, Ohio -The U.S. Department of Justice is opening up a pattern or practice investigation into the use of force by the Cleveland Police Department.
During a news conference Thursday morning, Mayor Frank Jackson said he asked for the investigation after the November 29 police chase and police involved shooting. Jackson said he wanted an independent review.
The investigation is not just focusing on the the deadly chase and police involved shooting, but on all allegations of officers use of excessive force.
U.S. Department of Justice officials stress the investigation is not based on one incident.
Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Thomas Perez, assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, says they will not leave any stone unturned. The investigation is civil not criminal and will take several months.
Union President Jeff Follmer says he believes his officers have done nothing wrong and hopes the investigation brings a change in leadership.
“This is happening under the chief’s watch,” Follmer said. “I hope one of their recommendations is that there is a new chief.”
The justice department previously did a similar investigation in Cleveland more than 10 years ago.
The justice department has done recent investigations on police departments in Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Warren, Ohio.
The investigation will determine whether CPD officers engage in a pattern or practice of using excessive force in violation of the constitution and federal law.
Anyone with any information regarding the Cleveland Police Department that could help in this investigation is asked to send an email to email@example.com or call (202)307-6479.