Department of Justice rules Cleveland police guilty of excessive force

Department of Justice officials on Thursday, announced results of a review they took of the Cleveland Police Department’s policies related to the use of excessive force, discrimination, and police pursuits. The report concluded that local police have been employing “dangerous tactics” that put the community at risk. The investigation beginning in March 2013, found that police use guns, tasers, pepper spray and their fists excessively.

The investigation was started after local newspaper, the Plain Dealer revealed in May 2011 that six officers accused of brutality used force on 29 suspects during a two-year period. The paper reported that management ignored conflicting statements regarding use-of-force investigations. The findings of the report comes days after a New York City grand jury failed to indict a police officer in the death of an unarmed man in July; Mr. Holder announced a federal civil-rights probe into the incident. Mr. Holder in the announcement of the findings acknowledged the recent controversies surrounding use of force by police including the Michael Brown case in Ferguson as well the death of an unarmed man in New York City. The latest incident has spurred even more protests across the country. Cleveland authorities recently faced criticism for shooting a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a realistic-looking toy gun. Read more at


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