News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Feds are investigating a possible pattern of excessive force by Cleveland police
The civil probe was requested by Mayor Jackson and others after police killed two in November
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
U.S. Attorney Steven Dettlebach talks about the federal investigation into whether Cleveland police have a pattern of using excessive force. Next to him are Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil division, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The U.S. Justice Department is opening a full investigation into a possible pattern of excessive use of force by Cleveland police. The federal civil probe was requested by city officials, the local NAACP and others after a controversial police shooting last November. The city hopes this independent review will help build trust between the community and the police.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:22)


On Nov. 29, more than 100 officers and dozens of cruisers engaged in a chase of two apparently unarmed suspects. Following the chase, police fired as many as 140 bullets at the suspects, killing them both.

The incident stirred public outrage, and the city began an internal investigation that is ongoing. But Mayor Frank Jackson also requested the independent Justice Department probe to foster community faith in the process.

“It’s vitally important to us that there’s a level of trust between the police and the community. There are times when that trust is challenged and accusations are made. We want to bring clarity to the situation.”

A wider scope
The Justice Department probe goes beyond the Nov. 29th chase and shooting.

Thomas Perez, the assistant U.S. Attorney General for the department’s civil division, is heading the investigation. He says it will include an examination of records of alleged excessive force by the Cleveland police that go back several years.

“We’re focused on CPD as a whole; we’re not looking at individual officers. We’re looking at systems issues here. We’re looking for a pattern or practice of excessive force by CPD, and if there is (a pattern), we’ll work to correct it with a comprehensive blueprint for sustainable reform.”

Perez says the investigation could take more than a year and will include ride-alongs with Cleveland police officers. His division will also request information from the public. He stresses that no criminal charges will result.

Warren, Ohio, and other efforts
The Ohio Attorney General’s office also conducted an investigation that concluded the November incident was a “systemic failure” of the Cleveland Police Department.  That report is now in the hands of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, who will decide if criminal charges are warranted.

The U.S. Justice Department became involved in excessive force investigations following the 1991 Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King. The department has recently reached agreements with police departments in Seattle, Portland, Ore., New Orleans and Warren, Ohio.                                                                                                       

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The postal workers union is challenging mail-sorting closures in Ohio
Do not close the akron facilaty for mail processing. This will severly deminish mail service to the northeast ohio area, Cleveland can not handle this burden.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
In this article you mention that the Mule Deer Foundation is a "hunting group" in reality the Mule Deer Foundation is a conservation group that is over 25 years...

Clarence Bozeman: In the driver's seat of history
I believe he was a teacher of mine as James Ford Rhodes. My favorite teacher of all time! Loved learning this part of his amazing history.

Cleveland RTA is moving Public Square bus stops beginning this week
I am very confused. Why are you taking one or more of the park and ride 246 out of service in the morning. I looking over the new schedule I see that there ar...

Canton school board will vote Wednesday on its high school merger
Great to see that THE REPOSITORY is advising a 'no' vote for now! Another point, besides all the Very accurate points already made against this move is the fac...

Some parents opting their students out of Common Core test
I am an 8th grader at a school in Allen County. I have just recently taken the ELA performance based assessment and found it extremely difficult. It asked me a ...

Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
The comment by Nathan Johnson from OEC is confusing. Instead of cities being 'emboldened' to craft zoning laws that were just stricken down by this ruling, comm...

Stopping sediment dumping in Lake Erie
Ah, yes, the Army Coro of Engineers, the geniuses that designed the levee system in New Orleans that has made the flooding worse due to no sediment reaching the...

Ohio charter school critic says reform bills are a good step
The cold truth is that these charter schools are offering services beyond the what the state tests can guage. Parents and students have a choice and they are ch...

State law trumps restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Justice O'Neill's quote brings up a point I wish WKSU would address: since, unlike for Federal judges, our judges here in Ohio are elected, and therefore respo...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University