New York Magazine Addresses Cleveland Monitoring in Context of Republican National Convention

A New York article describes the monitoring of the Cleveland Consent Decree by PARC's Matthew Barge and a team of 19 experts:

The elephant in the precinct.

Cleveland will be the first city to host a national, major-party convention while it’s police force is under a consent decree with the federal government. Since October 2015, a federal monitoring team has been overseeing the city’s police department, after a Justice Department investigation found that Cleveland cops engaged “in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.” Such practices included:

  • The unnecessary and excessive use of deadly force, including shootings and head strikes with impact weapons;

  • The unnecessary, excessive or retaliatory use of less lethal force including tasers, chemical spray and fists;

  • Excessive force against persons who are mentally ill or in crisis, including in cases where the officers were called exclusively for a welfare check; and

  • The employment of poor and dangerous tactics that place officers in situations where avoidable force becomes inevitable and places officers and civilians at unnecessary risk.

The most infamous recent example of the Cleveland police’s affinity for deadly force was the 2014 killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

As Mother Jones notes, the monitoring team released a report in June that described the department's capacity for investigating officer misconduct as "dire." While the city has agreed to reform its use-of-force policy and internal-review protocol, these changes have yet to be fully implemented.

Read the full article here.