US Department of Justice v Cleveland, Ohio
May 26, 2015, the US DOJ told Cleveland Police Division it needed to clean up its act. After a two-year study, it came down to this: “Systemic Deficiencies.”
To address these cultural inadequacies the city of Cleveland and the USDOJ have entered into what is called the Consent Decree.
It is an 110-page document that contains detailed stipulations and reforms to the Cleveland Division of Police.
More than an “Excessive Force Agreement”
This 110-page document will serve as a blueprint for overhauling policies that federal lawyers say promoted excessive force.
It also demands more accountability and transparency from officers and their supervisors.
Perhaps most ambitiously, it seeks to repair fractured relationship between police and the community. Citizens would have a larger role and louder voice through a 13-member advisory committee established to recommend improvements.
Will this agreement have a positive impact on Vernice Crutcher’s cold case?