|Chief U.S. District Court Judge Solomon Oliver, who oversees the consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on police reforms|
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|U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch|
Olivier is the overseer of the consent decree settlement filed in June in federal district court.
|Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson|
|Cleveland NAACP Attorney James Hardiman|
"To the extent that the interested groups wish to have the United States or the city address issues in a manner different than that provided by the consent decree, the better course is to continue to work with and through them to provide input," Oliver said in his order, a suggestion, said sources yesterday, that the federal judge wants the city and community groups to do his job, and to fight it out.
Those scathing findings include a pattern of illegal excessive force police killings, vicious pistil whippings of innocent women and children, and cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill.
Lynch said, via a court filing on behalf of her office by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon in response to the demand for consent decree changes, that everything cannot be included, and no changes in the consent decree "are warranted."
What move, if any, Hardiman will make next, remains to be seen, though sources said yesterday that "it ain't over."
Hardiman has said that the consent decree "has unworkable stipulations that must be remedied."
|Cleveland NAACP President the Rev. Hilton Smith|
Steve Dettelbach, the U.S. district attorney for the northern district of Ohio, also represents the DOJ in the matter, and he is a Jackson ally, and is also on board with the mayor and Lynch as to their steadfast positions that everything is just fine, and that the consent decree, which sets police reform measures for coming years, does not need any tweaking whatsoever.
|U.S. District Attorney Steve Dettelbach|