CLEVELAND — A federal court approved an amendment to Cleveland City Code, allowing the city to implement the changes voter approved through Issue 24.
Last week, the Department of Justice and city of Cleveland motioned in federal court an amendment to a consent decree that governs police accountability.
The amendment allows the city to implement Charter Section 115, which creates a new Community Police Commission, restructures the disciplinary process for police reviews, changes the review process for police training, and removes the Civilian Police Review Board from reporting to the Chief of Police or Public Safety Director. These changes directly result from the passage of Issue 24.
In 2015, the Department of Justice imposed the consent decree. The consent decree was implemented after the DOJ determined that there was a pattern of excessive force and operational and structural issues within Cleveland police. The consent decree required the police department to change its policies, practices and procedures to address these issues.
The Community Police Commission has ultimate authority over establishing the policies, applications and examinations by which new police recruits must be sought out and recruited and screened, including screening for bias, and could conduct bias screening with existing members of Cleveland police.