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Yes on Issue 24, which would provide community police oversight, passes

Posted at 11:17 PM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 18:53:19-04

CLEVELAND — With 100% of the vote in, a majority of Clevelanders voted in favor of the Safer Cleveland Ballot Initiative (Issue 24) that seeks additional oversight of the police department.

Citizens for a Safer Cleveland issued a statement that read, in part: "Clevelanders chose accountability, transparency, real police oversight and justice; our campaign could not be prouder. We are grateful for the generosity, courage, and leadership that the directly impacted families have shown in heralding this historic change for Cleveland."

Issue 24 passed with 32,184 of residents voting yes compared to 41%, or 21, 972 of Cleveland voters who voted no.

Under the Safer Cleveland Ballot Initiative, a new Community Policing Commission composed of 13 civilians would have final decision-making power regarding discipline in police misconduct cases.

Supporters fought for the new commission’s ability to investigate all complaints against the Cleveland Division of Police.

The Office of Professional Standards, which currently handles police misconduct, will be “subordinate to the Civilian Police Review Board” instead of the executive head of the police force under the ballot initiative.

Supporters of the issue believe the city needs a diverse citizen panel to ensure continued police reform and equitable police accountability.

Opponents of the issue believe a citizen panel would lack the crucial checks and balances from key city leaders who have more experience in police policy.

Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb was in favor of Issue 24 while Kevin Kelley was against it.

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