Cleveland monitor says reporting misconduct should be easier

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of a team monitoring Cleveland’s agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city police department says the city needs to simplify the process for lodging misconduct complaints against officers. reports ( ) Matthew Barge says he and the team are working to reform the civilian-led Office of Professional Standards, which investigates complaints. The monitoring team recently criticized OPS in a report for failing to complete hundreds of investigations.

Barge says putting complaint forms online and placing forms in city buildings will help. Complaints currently must be filed at police stations.

The monitoring team’s report is the first since a judge approved the consent decree’s first-year monitoring plan. The decree was signed last year after a DOJ investigation found officers had shown a pattern of excessive force.


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