Cleveland announces overhaul of police dept

2015-05-26 20:58
(John Minchillo, AP)

(John Minchillo, AP)

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Cleveland - Cleveland has agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of a federal monitor in a settlement with the US Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers.

The settlement was announced on Tuesday and comes three days after a white patrolman was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

The case helped prompt an 18-month investigation by the Justice Department.

The findings released in December required the city to work with community leaders and other officials to devise a plan to reform the police department.

Officials say the settlement calls for new use-of-force guidelines, a focus on community engagement, accountability reforms, training on bias-free policing and a mental health advisory committee.

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