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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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clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com

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.


WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: The public is invited to watch the livestream on TV20 and on the CPC YouTube Channel. Commissioners will meet at the Community Police Commission Conference Room, 3631 Perkins Avenue, 4th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44114.

WHAT: All 13 Community Police Commissioners (CPC) will meet for the first time in 2023 for an orientation session before the Commission begins its formal training. The four-hour orientation will serve as an opportunity for Commissioners to be introduced to existing CPC staff and past Commissioners, the Monitoring Team, City leadership, and members of Citizens for a Safer Cleveland. This meeting allows for Commissioners to ask questions and engage with key stakeholders in police reform. A formal training program and schedule is forthcoming.

Media availability can be arranged directly with attendees after the orientation meeting concludes.

WHO: All 13 Community Police Commissioners, Administrative Manager Jason Goodrick, CPC staff and past Commissioners, Interim Monitor Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Law Director Mark Griffin, Chief Ethics Officer Delanté Spencer Thomas, Police Accountability Team Executive Director Dr. Leigh Anderson, Chief Director of Public Safety Karrie Howard and members of Citizens for a Safer Cleveland.

clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:59

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