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Feds Call Out Cleveland PD for ‘Disturbing’ Hiring Practices


A federal monitor overseeing police reforms in the Cleveland Police Department has found several department practices deeply concerning, including the fact that the city apparently hires officers who couldn’t pass background checks with other police forces, reports The Land. Reporter Mark Puente writes that lead monitor Hassan Aden’s semiannual report noted that the department still lacks in key foundational areas such as accountability, community engagement and building trust, and that it still takes too long to investigate complaints against officers.

The department entered into its consent decree after failures surrounding the 2014 officer shooting of Tamir Rice, such as a complete lack of questioning as to why the offending officer left a suburban force after only a few months, came to light.

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