New Cleveland Community Police Commissioners to meet January 25 and for the first time since being sworn-in late last year....Media are invited, say city officials.... By Clevelandurbannews.com
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CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Cleveland Community Police Commission will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and for the first time since commission members were sworn-in late last year. The 13 member comission was establshed by Cleveland voters via a ballot initiative for police reforms with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb having authority under the city charter to appoint 10 comssion members with the approval of city council and city council, under the leadership of Council President Blaine Griffin, who is Black like Mayor Bibb, three members.
The city and the U.S. Department of Justice are parties to a court-monitored conscent decree for police reforms implemented in 2015 following heigntened complaints of police misconduct and several questionable police killings of Blacks, including Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth "Ball" Smith, Brandon Jones, and more. The CPC was initially created in 2015 in connection with the conscent decree and was revised pursuant to Issue 24, a charter amendment for police reforms approved by Cleveland voters in 2021 that expanded the comission and gave it more authority and autonomy.
The process for selecting the 13 commision members, though outlined by the city charter, has been steeped in controversy following complaints and a protest from the framers of Issue 24, who are primarily Black Cleveland community activists and Black families who have lost loved one's to Cleveland police killings.