U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department delivered a scathing review of the Cleveland Police Department’s use-of-force policies and practices, and said sweeping reforms must be put in place.
Holder joined U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach and Mayor Frank Jackson to present the findings of a civil rights investigation based on an examination of nearly 600 use-of-force incidents from 2010 to 2013, plus thousands of related documents and hundreds of interviews.
The investigation by six Justice Department lawyers, plus several independent policing experts, found that systemic deficiencies and practices haunt the city’s police department. The problems include insufficient accountability, inadequate training, ineffective policies, and inadequate engagement with the community.
Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association president Jeffrey Follmer said he disagreed with the Justice Department’s characterization of a police department where officers operate with almost no fear of punishment or retribution from department brass.
“It’s disappointing when people take a look back and criticize what we did,” Follmer said. “We don’t have the chance to look back. We’re doing things right then, right there, right now.”
Police shot to death unarmed people and the police union’s position is to stop America from finding out what bad cops do. This is not about just one murder by police but over 1000 which have taken place in 2014 alone.
If you read anything about Police Unions, make sure you read a victim’s father’s
opinion about Police Unions
RESTORE HONOR: Police Unions’ Arrogance Breeds Violence