The Cleveland CPC consists of 13 members representing Cleveland’s diverse community. As mandated in the consent decree, the Cleveland CPC is comprised of 10 individuals who either live or work in the City of Cleveland, and represent at least one of the following 8 categories:
The Cleveland CPC also includes a representative of each of the following three police associations: The Black Shield, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA).
The Community Police Commission Selection Panel, appointed by Mayor Jackson in consultation with the Department of Justice and members of City Council, identified the 10 civilians who, with representatives from the three police associations, were sworn in to the Cleveland CPC on September 8, 2015.
Guided by the Consent Decree, which seeks to remedy a pattern and practice of excessive use of force and other interventions by the CDP, the Cleveland Community Police Commission understands that realizing success and legitimacy in the eyes of the public means that its work must be independent, collaborative, and transparent, and its decision-making informed by best practices and community perspectives.
The mission of the Community Police Commission is to make recommendations on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing, and police transparency; to work with the many communities that make up Cleveland for the purpose of developing recommendations for police practices that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents; and to report to the City and community as a whole and to provide transparency on police department reforms.
The shooting death of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in a hail of at least 137 bullets fired by 13 police officers in November 2012, as well as other use of force incidents, ignited public concern regarding the excessive use of force by the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP). The NAACP, ACLU, faith-based leaders, and other civil rights and civil liberties organizations requested that the Department of Justice investigate the practices of the Cleveland Division of Police. Later, on December 27, 2012, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson also publicly requested that the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice review CDP’s use of force policies.
About three months later, the U.S. Department of Justice launched what would become an almost 2-year federal investigation of the CDP -- the second such investigation of the police department in a decade. On December 4, 2014, the DOJ released its investigative findings report, which concluded that the CDP had engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In May 2015, after 6 months of negotiations, the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a consent decree to reform structural and systemic deficiencies in the Cleveland Division of Police.
Updated March 6, 2017