Cleveland officials file new use of force policies for police department

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 13:12:43-05

Cleveland officials filed a new use of force policy Wednesday for the city's police department. 

The policies were filed as a part of the consent decree with the police department and the Department of Justice, which found a pattern of abuse that has eroded public confidence and trust in the department. The agreement was made in 2015. 

Public feedback was asked in September before the new policies were filed with U.S. District Court. The policies are expected to become effective in sometime early next year, the city said in a news release. 

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the new policies are a step toward progress.

“These new policies are just one part of the reform process that I have promised to the citizens of Cleveland,” Jackson said. “The city remains fully committed to implementing the changes set forth in the Consent Decree and today we are one step closer to achieving our goals.”

Read the full court filing here: