The Cleveland Police Monitoring Team oversees the implementation of a Consent Decree between the City of Cleveland and United States requiring the Cleveland Division of Police to enact a number of specific reforms.
Following an investigation in 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice found that there was reasonable cause to believe that there was a pattern and practice of excessive force in Cleveland that violated the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The City of Cleveland and DOJ entered into an agreement that requires the Cleveland Division of Police (the "Division" or "CPD") to make a number of fundamental changes to its policies, practices, procedures, training, use of data, and more.
Chief Judge of the Northern District of Ohio Solomon Oliver, Jr. oversees and enforces the Cleveland Consent Decree to ensure that the City of Cleveland and CPD do what they must under the Decree. On October 1, 2015, Matthew Barge was appointed to serve as Judge Oliver's agent and the Monitor to oversee the implementation of the Decree. Mr. Barge's team includes experts with backgrounds in law enforcement, psychology, social science, law, organizational change, technology, data, and measurement.