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The Cleveland Consent Decree, which was entered into in May of 2015, stemmed from a 21-month long investigation that determined the Cleveland Police Department had engaged in a pattern of excessive force. As part of the Decree, the City agreed to make sweeping policy changes in how the Cleveland Police Department interacts with the community.

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Five years after the City of Cleveland and the US Department of Justice entered into this Consent Decree to institute changes in the Cleveland Police Department, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP are partnering to sponsor an 11-month series of conversations on the Consent Decree and its ramifications for our community.

SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING SESSIONS

• May 12 - Crisis Intervention and Officer Wellness
• June 9 - Families Building Resilience
• July 14 - Bias-Free Policing/Racial Profiling
• August 11- Search and Seizure
• September 8 - Cleveland Police Commission and Citizen Involvement
• October 13 - Youth and Policing
• November 10 - Community Engagement, Recruitment and Diversity

SESSION ARCHIVES

JANUARY 27, 2021

SESSION 1: OVERVIEW OF THE CLEVELAND CONSENT DECREE

The goal of the Cleveland Consent Decree is to repair community trust and protect the constitutional rights of the people of Cleveland by

• IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS within the Cleveland Division of Police.
• CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES and practices to correct those problems.
• DEFINING CONSEQUENCES for officer and/or Cleveland Division of Police failure to follow the rules of the Consent Decree.
• ESTABLISHING A PROCESS to monitor the Cleveland Division of Police to ensure the terms of the Consent Decree are being enforced.

In this inaugural conversation, panelists discussed the progress that has been made over the past five years and what still needs to be done to reach compliance with Consent Decree mandates.

JANUARY CONVERSATION LEADERS

Moderator:
Retired Judge Ronald Adrine

Panelists:
Calvin Williams, Chief of Police, City of Cleveland
Barbara Langhenry, Law Director, City of Cleveland
Bridget Brennan, Acting U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio
Jason Goodrick, Executive Director, Cleveland Community Police Commission
Hassan Aden, Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Ayesha Hardaway, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Danielle Sydnor, Community Volunteer

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FEBRUARY 10, 2021

SESSION 2: USE OF FORCE AND VEHICLE PURSUITS

Our February panel discussed the use of force within the Cleveland Division of Police. The Department of Justice acknowledges that the Cleveland Division of Police has made important changes to some of its force policies. Building on these improvements, CDP will revise, develop, and implement force policies, training, supervision, and accountability systems with the goal of ensuring that force is used in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the requirements of this Agreement and that any use of unreasonable force is promptly identified and responded to appropriately.

FEBRUARY CONVERSATION LEADERS

Moderator:
Nick Castele, Journalist & Producer, ideastream

Panelists:
Calvin Williams, Chief of Police, City of Cleveland
Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Cleveland State University
Councilman Basheer Jones, Cleveland City Council Ward 7
Lewis Katz, Co-Chair, Cleveland Police Commission
Brian Maxey, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team

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MARCH 10, 2021

SESSION 3: ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY & OVERSIGHT

The Cleveland Consent Decree mandates the City of Cleveland Division of Police ensure that:
• All allegations of officer misconduct are investigated
• Findings are documented in writing, and
• Officers who commit misconduct are held accountable.

Our March conversation focused on transparency within the Cleveland Division of Police and accountability measures for officer misconduct. Our panel discussed the policies that have been put in place to ensure accountability, what the Cleveland Division of Police has done to improve oversight, and what still needs to be done to increase transparency and build trust with the community.

MARCH CONVERSATION LEADERS

Moderator:
Colleen Cotter, Executive Director, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Panelists:
Ayesha Hardaway, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Richard Jackson, Co-Chair, Cleveland Community Police Commission and Retired Sergeant, Cleveland Division of Police
Shakyra Diaz, Managing Director of Partnerships/Ohio State Director, Alliance for Safety and Justice
Karrie Howard, Director, Department of Public Safety, City of Cleveland

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APRIL 14, 2021

SESSION 4: CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND THE OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

The Cleveland Consent Decree mandates the City of Cleveland Division of Police ensures that:
• All allegations of officer misconduct are investigated
• Findings are documented in writing, and
• Officers who commit misconduct are held accountable.

Our March conversation focused on transparency within the Cleveland Division of Police and accountability measures for officer misconduct. Our panel discussed the policies that have been put in place to ensure accountability, what the Cleveland Division of Police has done to improve oversight, and what still needs to be done to increase transparency and build trust with the community.

APRIL CONVERSATION LEADERS

Moderator:
Rick Jackson, Senior Host & Producer, ideastream

Panelists:
Roger Smith, Administrator, Office of Professional Standards
Karrie Howard, Director, Department of Public Safety, City of Cleveland
Ayesha Hardaway, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Kareem Henton, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Cleveland Michelle Heyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office

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This 11-month virtual event series is complimentary and open to the public. The 2021 initiative is part of United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Public Policy Agenda to advocate, convene and support issues that impact Greater Cleveland. The series is possible through partnership with The City Club of Cleveland

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