Community meeting held in wake of excessive force allegations against Lorain officer

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LORAIN, Ohio-- Lorain city leaders met behind closed doors Wednesday night to address concerns from the community.

This is in the wake of a controversial police dash cam video that is now the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force.

Many residents attended the meeting at a church in Lorain, but it was also a chance for police to talk about pressures facing officers.

"There was a lot of input. A lot of positive information that was put out. It was also good just knowing about some of the things that have transpired," resident Peggy Orr said.

Community leaders want people to keep an open dialogue between people and the police.

"We are just going to continue moving forward and working with the,. I was afraid that had been ruptured. I feel more confident after talking to people today that we are going to continue to improve our operations so we can meet their expectations," Police Chief Cel Rivera said.

The incident that prompted the meeting happened in 2014. Police said 30-year-old Pele Smith was resisting arrest and trying to destroy drug evidence. A Lorain officer can be seen on video grabbing Smith and slamming him into the cruiser. The impact breaks the windshield.

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