CLEVELAND- Mayor Frank Jackson released a letter on Monday about the Department of Justice’s report into the Cleveland Division of Police.
In December, the Department of Justice presented its finding, saying Cleveland police engages “in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force." This investigation followed the November 2012 police chase and shooting that ended in two deaths.
Now, the city and the DOJ are negotiating a consent decree, which will change the policing policies in Cleveland and be overseen by a federal judge.
“While in the negotiation period, the city of Cleveland is reviewing the DOJ’s findings to determine which areas the city does or does not agree with. We will enter into a consent decree once those areas are agreed upon. This is a normal part of the negotiating process,” Jackson said in his letter on Monday.
The mayor said more meetings are already scheduled. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach told Fox 8 there is a “sense of urgency” to get the consent degree in place.
“At the same time, the city of Cleveland is identifying areas that can be changed before the settlement. We are reviewing policies and determining need for change, legislative actions that may be needed, and modifications of collective bargaining provisions,” Jackson said.
“Although we invited and welcomed the DOJ investigation, the DOJ’s investigation and findings report on police practices does not look far enough into the criminal justice system. The review should be broadened to include the criminal justice system as a whole, to determine if there is disparity, or a pattern of practice of Constitution violation.”
Jackson also said that most men and women in the Cleveland Division of Police serve the city” with the highest level of integrity.” Those who don’t follow policy or orders will be held accountable and terminated, if necessary, the mayor said.