4 Police Commission members live outside CLE

Posted at 7:37 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 19:37:54-04

NewsChannel5 Investigators found four members of Cleveland's new Community Police Commission live outside the city.

Lee Fisher, Dr. Kathleen Clegg, and Craig Boise have homes in Shaker Heights.

Max Rodas owns a home in North Olmsted.

Cleveland resident LaTonya Goldsby said members should live in Cleveland.

She became an advocate for police reforms after her cousin, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, was shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer last November.

"I feel like you have to be a resident of this city to understand the situations that we are affected with," she said.

But Colleen Cotter, the co-chair of the Selection Panel that chose 10 of the 13 commission members, said she is confident the four members will serve Cleveland well.

"Rest assured that those people are absolutely invested to make sure Cleveland is a better place, is a safer place, and the community can trust the police," said Cotter.

She said the four members are employed in Cleveland and are "engaged" in local organizations. 

The commission was created as part of Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Last December, a DOJ report found Cleveland police too often engage in excessive force and violate citizens' civil rights.

The agreement does not require commission members to live in Cleveland.

The commission will gather community feedback, make recommendations to city leaders about how to improve the Cleveland Police Department, and issue a yearly report on the progress of reforms.

The 13 commission members were sworn in by Mayor Frank Jackson during a ceremony at Cleveland City Hall on Tuesday.


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