Cleveland works to fix issues in probing misconduct claims


CLEVELAND (AP) — City officials say Cleveland is working to fix the branch of the police department that investigates complaints of officer misconduct lodged by citizens.

The announcement in the form of a court filing came after the federal monitor responsible for overseeing the department’s reform efforts issued a report critical of the department’s internal investigation processes.

The report earlier this month was the first since a judge approved a monitoring plan for the department spelled out in a consent decree.

The decree was signed last year after a Justice Department investigation found officers had shown a pattern of excessive force.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1WMEPRk ) the city’s response includes a recognition that fair investigations of citizen complaints are a critical part of reforms agreed to in the consent decree.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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