PARC's Co-Executive Director, Matthew Barge, is the court-appointed monitor, working with a first-of-its class, 19-member team, overseeing implementation of a DOJ consent decree addressing use of force and many other issues.
Following an investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police ("CDP"), in December 2014, DOJ's Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio found a pattern or practice of excessive force that violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law.
The DOJ and Cleveland entered into a settlement, which takes the form of a federal-court-enforced Consent Decree. The Consent Decree called for court to appoint a Monitor. The Monitor provides technical assistance in meeting the requirements of the Consent Decree, reports regularly on progress, and to certify in the future whether CDP has reached "substantial and effective compliance" with the Decree.
Matthew Barge, PARC's Vice President & Deputy Director, was appointed as Monitor in October 2015. He has assembled a highly experienced and diverse monitoring team, led by PARC's staff and consultants.
Resources & Current Progress
For information about the current status of implementation of the Consent Decree in Cleveland, visit www.clevelandpolicemonitor.com.
Oversee implementation of court-ordered settlement addressing DOJ findings of a pattern or practice of excessive force and other issues relating to the Cleveland Division of Police
KEY ISSUES ADDRESSED
Use of Force
Less-Lethal Force Instruments
Stops and Detentions
Early Intervention Systems
Internal Investigations & Review
"New Use of Force Policy Unveiled for Cleveland Police," Newsnet5 (Sep. 2016)
"Community Police Commission Finding Its Role in Reform Process," Ideastream (NPR) (Feb. 2016)
"Los Angeles consulting firm to monitor Cleveland's progress under consent decree," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Oct. 1, 2015)