After an 18-month investigation, the Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of Cleveland. According to the NY Times, the department found “a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force”.
The investigation was launched after a 2012 shooting where officers fired over 130 shots at two unarmed people–Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were inside a vehicle.
A car with dozens of bullet holes after the police in Cleveland chased and killed two people in November 2012. The episode led to a manslaughter indictment against one officer and a broad civil rights investigation by the Justice Department.
The details of the settlement were not immediately clear, but in similar talks in recent years, the Justice Department has required cities to allow independent monitors to oversee changes in police departments. Settlements are typically backed by court orders and often call for improved training and revised policies for the use of force.
A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Division of Police referred questions to the mayor’s office, which would not comment on Monday. Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also had no comment.
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