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Cleveland introduces first emergency ordinance to change police civilian review board

Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 14:37:51-04

The City of Cleveland along with city council drafted an emergency ordinance to amend a charter related to the Civilian Police Review Board.

This comes after an investigation by newsnet5.com uncovered major problems with Cleveland's Civilian Police Review Board's transparency and questioned its efficiency.

newsnet5.com reported in Dec. 2014 that the review board had only ruled on 8 percent of the hundreds complaints it received that year.

Earlier this year, we checked the review board's website once again to find there was still no progress.

In May, the Cleveland Community Police proposed a revision that focused on section 115 of the city charter. That section deals with the composition, appointment and terms of office of members of the board.

According to a press release from the Cleveland Community Police Commission, council and other city leaders have decided not to follow that recommendation but accepted some of the commission's suggested changes for section 115.

The first reading of the emergency ordinance was July 13. Another public hearing will occur on Aug. 9. 

The emergency ordinance is expected to pass on Aug. 10, according to the Cleveland Community Police Commission.