Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, appointed PARC Vice President & Deputy Director Matthew Barge as Monitor to oversee a federal consent decree between the United States and City of Cleveland addressing the Cleveland Division of Police.
As reported by the Associated Press:
The monitor will be Matthew Barge, a New York attorney and top executive with the [PARC] organization.
The hiring of a monitor marks the beginning of what could be a long and arduous process to fix a troubled police department that has been criticized and closely scrutinized. A white officer fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy who was holding a pellet gun in November 2014, and two unarmed black people were killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire in 2012 after a high-speed car chase.
That 2012 case and other incidents prompted the DOJ to conduct a lengthy investigation of Cleveland police, the second such probe in just over 10 years. The Justice Department in December issued findings that said Cleveland police officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights.
The city and DOJ subsequently agreed to negotiate a reform-minded consent decree that U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. approved in June. While the monitor has independent oversight over reform measures, Barge ultimately reports to Oliver, who maintains broad discretion over how the agreement is enforced . . ..
The monitoring team will include the retired police chief of Madison, Wisconsin; the current police chief in Charlottesville, Virginia; a former director at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and the longtime director of a Cleveland program that helps prisoners transition back into the community.