2021 Community Conversations

Cleveland Consent Decree

The Cleveland Consent Decree, which was entered into in May of 2015, stemmed from a 21-month long investigation that determined the Cleveland Police Department had engaged in a pattern of excessive force. As part of the Decree, the City agreed to make sweeping policy changes in how the Cleveland Police Department interacts with the community.

Read the Cleveland Consent Decree

Five years after the City of Cleveland and the US Department of Justice entered into this Consent Decree to institute changes in the Cleveland Police Department, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP are partnering to sponsor an 11-month series of conversations on the Consent Decree and its ramifications for our community.

The Conversation

January 27, 2021

The goal of the Cleveland Consent Decree is to repair community trust and protect the constitutional rights of the people of Cleveland by

  • IDENTIFYING PROBLEMS within the Cleveland Division of Police.
  • CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES and practices to correct those problems.
  • DEFINING CONSEQUENCES for officer and/or Cleveland Division of Police failure to follow the rules of the Consent Decree.
  • ESTABLISHING A PROCESS to monitor the Cleveland Division of Police to ensure the terms of the Consent Decree are being enforced.

In this inaugural conversation, panelists discussed the progress that has been made over the past five years and what still needs to be done to reach compliance with Consent Decree mandates.

The Participants

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This 11-month virtual event series is complimentary and open to the public. The 2021 initiative is part of United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Public Policy Agenda to advocate, convene and support issues that impact Greater Cleveland. The series is possible through partnership with The City Club of Cleveland

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