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September 3, 2020 – The City’s Ninth Status Report

  • The Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) has revised, and the court has approved, most of its major policies across reform areas as required by the consent decree. This includes use of force, supervisory investigations, community engagement, bias-free policing, crisis intervention, search and seizure, recruiting, and discipline policies. CDP officers and supervisors have received initial training on a number of these new and revised policies as required.
  • In response to the Monitoring Team’s concerns about the relationship of the city and CDP with the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC), the city does not agree with the categorization of the relationship detailed in the Monitor’s Eighth Semiannual Report. The city reports that they remain committed to the principles of community policing and community engagement and will continue to work with the CPC.
  • Also, the city believes that the Monitoring Team’s concern regarding the CDP’s lack of technology and data has mostly been addressed. The city agrees to continue to work with the Monitor to ensure that the technology and data necessary for the Monitor’s compliance assessment will be available.

July 13, 2020 – Monitor’s Eighth Semiannual Report 

  • The Monitor’s Eight Semiannual Report addresses the time period of September 2019 through February 2020.
  • The report highlights that:
    • Use of force, crime, officer injuries, and subject injuries remained down in 2019.
    • The Division still lacks the technology and data necessary to allow officers to report basic information necessary to evaluate performance with respect to stops, searches, and arrests; interactions with individuals in behavioral crisis; and community policing and problem-solving.
    • The Monitoring Team has become concerned about the relationship between the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) and the City, specifically noting the need for the City and Division of Police to productively engage with members of the CPC, as they represent the larger community.
    • Overall, despite some progress, work remains in the area of accountability.
  • For further reading, the Cleveland CPC conducted an analysis of the Monitoring Team’s Eighth Semiannual Report.

July 13, 2020 – Monitor’s court notice submitting monitoring team review of Director of Public Safety Disciplinary Decisions 

  • This is the first published review of CDP discipline by the Monitoring Team.
  • As part of the review, the Monitoring Team reviewed all cases where the former Director of Public Safety, Michael McGrath, imposed discipline on police officers from March 2018 through May 2020.
  • The Monitoring Team concluded that the City of Cleveland is out of compliance with the Consent Decree as it relates to discipline imposed by the Director of Public Safety during the reviewed period, finding a pattern of lax discipline for officers who committed serious violations of law and policy and a lack of sufficient, written justification for specific disciplinary decisions.

June 18, 2020 – Monitor’s court notice regarding the Ninth Semiannual Report 

  • The Monitoring Team’s Ninth Semi-Annual report will be a “special edition.” The report will be focused on a review of the Cleveland Division of Police’s preparedness, response, and after action activities related to the various planned and unplanned protests occurring after the killing of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, specifically, the protests that occurred in Cleveland between May 26, 2020 and June 12, 2020.

Read coverage of the consent decree from Cleveland.com and Ideastream.