In December of 2012, I asked for a review by the Department of Justice to obtain an objective, transparent, outside evaluation of the Division of Police’s policies and operations related to the use of force.
The City entered into this Department of Justice review committed to righting any unconstitutional wrongs proven to exist within the Cleveland Division of Police. Today we continue in that direction.
The City of Cleveland Division of Police has made significant progress in implementing the types of changes designed to foster professionalism in our police force and to ensure a safe environment on our streets, but there is always room for improvement.
Although we may have disagreements on some facts or conclusions drawn, the City of Cleveland remains committed to continue making appropriate changes to the policies, procedures, and training that guide the use of force by the Division of Police.
We have the greatest opportunity, through a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Department of Justice, and the community, to create a template of how to do real community policing while recognizing the challenges of an urban environment.
We welcome the review, appreciate the thoroughness of the report, and look forward to working with you and the community.