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Community forums on Cleveland Police use of force policies to be held this month

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

The City of Cleveland, Cleveland Division of Police, the Department of Justice, the Monitoring Team, and the Cleveland Police Commission have now come to the point in the police reform process where it is time for community feedback on the CPD’s revised Use of Force policies. We are collectively hosting two community roundtables, one on the East Side and one on the West Side, each covering the same content. You are invited to attend one of the roundtables:

Eastside Roundtable RSVP

Westside Roundtable RSVP

5:30- 8:30pm, Thursday, September 15th

5:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, September 20th

Jerry Sue Thornton Center

Urban Community School

2500 East 22nd Street

4909 Lorain Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

Cleveland, OH 44102


If you are interested in attending a community roundtable, please use the RSVP links above or send an RSVP to the Monitoring Team at The roundtables will include an overview of the Use of Force policy, with an opportunity for small group discussions for community members to inform the policies.

You are invited to read the policies by going to the Monitoring Team’s website. You may also engage in the process by using our online community feedback form to submit any thoughts on the policies by visiting the Monitoring Team’s website.

We hope you strongly consider being part of this important conversation about how we can work together to create a use of force policies consistent with the goals and interests of the Cleveland community.

This outreach is a part of our ongoing effort to engage the Cleveland community in the police reform process. Earlier this year, we sought community input on the Cleveland Division of Police body-worn camera policy, the mission statement, and several other key policies. We want to thank everyone who participated for their engagement with and contributions to the discussion surrounding police reform under the federal Consent Decree in Cleveland.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Use of Force Policy and seeing you at one of the community roundtables.

Updated September 14, 2016

Civil Rights
Community Outreach