Cleveland Police Agree to US Reforms

The Cleveland police department has agreed to federal reforms set forth by the US Department of Justice. Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference on Tuesday that the police force will adhere to some of the most exacting standards in the US. The settlement comes after a series of officer-involved shootings in Cleveland. The rules prohibit officers from using force against people for talking back or as punishment for running away. The agreement added that pistol whipping is prohibited, as is firing warning shots. If the city does not put into effect the changes called for in the settlement, a federal judge has the authority to demand them. Jackson also added in his speech that all police officers will have body cameras by the end of 2015.



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