DOJ takes questions on CPD's use of excessive force

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Photo from the night of the police-involved shooting in which two people were killed.
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  • CLEVELAND -- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether or not the Cleveland Police Department uses excessive force.

    On the same day that 11 Cleveland Police supervisors received punishment for their actions during the November 29 deadly chase, the community met to talk about the use of excessive force by Cleveland officers.

    Hosting the forum were attorneys from all over the country who are working the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into Cleveland Police's culture.

    Held at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue, over one hundred people come out to share, listen and raise critical questions that could help the federal investigation into whether the Cleveland Police have a culture of using excessive force.

    U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach told people not to hold back.  He also spoke of the progress such investigations have made in other major cities around the country, in terms of improving the community perception of police, and the police's perception of the community.

    Media cameras were not allowed in the meeting, to encourage attendees to speak freely.


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