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6 PM: United Way of Greater Cleveland and NAACP holds first community discussion on Cleveland Consent Decree

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 23:16:13-05

CLEVELAND — The United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP will host the first Consent Decree Community Conversation Wednesday at 6 p.m. Wednesday's event marks the first in a 10-month series of Consent Decree Community Conversations.

Retired Judge Robert Adrine, a nationally-recognized expert of violence issues, will moderate a panel made of up public leaders who are instrumental in the implementation of mandates identified within the decree.

Panelists include:

  • Hassan Aden, Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
  • Bridget Brennan, Acting U.S. Attorney – Northern District of Ohio
  • Jason Goodrick, Executive Director – Cleveland Community Police Commission
  • Ayesha Hardaway, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
  • Barbara Langhenry, Law Director - City of Cleveland
  • Danielle Sydnor, Community Member and President of the Cleveland Branch of the NACP
  • Calvin Williams, Chief of Police - City of Cleveland

In 2015, the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice entered a 5-year agreement known as the Consent Decree in an effort to repair community trust and protect rights of residents by:

1. Identifying problems within the Cleveland Division of Police.
2. Creating and implementing policies and practices to correct those problems.
3. Defining consequences for officer and/or Cleveland Division of Police failure to follow the rules of the Consent Decree.
4. Creating a process to monitor the Cleveland Division of Police to make sure the terms of the Consent Decree are being enforced.

The next conversation is on Feb. 10, focusing on use of force, including vehicle pursuit.

The event is virtual and free, you can register here or watch it live from the City Club YouTube page.