CLEVELAND - The group that will examine attempts to reform the Cleveland Police Department started its work Wednesday evening.
The Cleveland Community Police Commission was formed as part of a complex deal between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal investigators studied police activity between 2010 and 2013 and found that excessive force was used too often and that community policing efforts were not effective.
As a result of the deal, years of court-ordered monitoring of the Cleveland Police Department is likely.
The thirteen member commission held its first meeting at St. Paul's Community Church on Cleveland's near west side.
Three police officers are on the commission, along with civil rights, faith and community leaders. Commission members examined the system currently in place to investigate civilian complaints.
The commsion will play a key role in the Cleveland Police Department giving the Department of Justice what it requires. If requirements are not met, the federal government can sue the city of Cleveland.