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.
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.
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.
Retired Judge Ronald Adrine
Calvin Williams, Chief of Police, City of Cleveland
Barbara Langhenry, Law Director, City of Cleveland
Bridget Brennan, Acting U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio
Jason Goodrick, Executive Director, Cleveland Community Police Commission
Hassan Aden, Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Ayesha Hardaway, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
Danielle Sydnor, Community Volunteer