Cleveland files new use of force policies for police department

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland has officially filed new use of force policies with the U.S. District Court.

The new policies were developed over the past year in response to several controversial officer-involved shootings and allegations of police brutality within the force that led to the city entering into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.

They’re expected to become effective in early 2017.

“Every day the Cleveland Division of Police takes a step towards becoming a model department for policing throughout the nation,” Police Chief Williams said in a press release. “Today we implement a new use of force policy that will provide our officers with greater clarity in difficult situations and will hopefully lead to better understanding between the Division and the community. We look forward to continually working with the citizens we proudly serve each day.”

Click here to view the new use of force policies.

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