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CLEVELAND, Ohio– Mayor Frank Jackson says it’s the next step toward reforming the Cleveland Police Department, as part of the consent decree signed by the city after a scathing report by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Tuesday, the mayor and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach introduced an 11-person panel that will be responsible for selecting 10 people to be appointed to the new City of Cleveland Community Police Commission.

The commission will report to the police chief and city leaders and directly impact the police department’s policies and practices including transparency and bias-free policing.

But soon after the names were released, some police supporters voiced their concerns.

“It’s disappointing although not surprising,” said Steve Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President. “You know, a two-time convicted felon for public corruption who was prosecuted by Steve Dettlebach.”

Reverend Jimmy Gates from Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church served 14 months in a federal prison back in 2009 for taking bribes while assistant chief at the city’s water department. He was also sentenced to seven months of probation in 2012 for some connection to a mortgage scheme;, which he denies participating in to this day.

Rev. Gates says he’s ashamed of his mistakes, but it doesn’t define who is now. “That was yesterday. I’ve turned the page, gotten on with my life, but that’s not to say I’ve forgotten. How could I?”

In fact, Mayor Jackson says that’s why Rev. Gates was chosen.

A statement sent to Fox 8 News read in part, “I was aware of Reverend Gates’ past conviction, but what speaks louder than his conviction is his decade of service to the City of Cleveland.” Mayor Jackson said, “He represents those who have made a mistake, paid their debt to society and used that lesson to empower others..”

Rev. Gates says he knows he can’t change everyone’s opinion but he plans to continue working hard for the city and at his church.  He wants to be an example for others that they can get a second chance and succeed in life.

But Loomis says he has serious questions about the choice and wonders if the city is serious about working with police on real reform. He said, “it’s a slap in the face.”

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