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Public will weigh in tonight on who should be on Cleveland's Community Police Commission
A panel has about six more weeks to pick 10 of the 13 members for the commission
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach says he hopes 'the best of the best' of Cleveland will apply for the commission
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Cleveland is holding an informational meeting tonight for anyone interested in serving on the city’s Community Police Commission. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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A selection panel has less than two months to pick 10 people for the commission, created as part of the Justice Department’s consent decree with the city after finding a pattern of unnecessary and excessive force. That agreement will govern reform of the police department and will include a federal monitor and judge’s oversight.

Another three members will come from Cleveland’s police unions and an organization representing black officers. U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach says the commission is being picked by citizens, for citizens.

"It’s not a U.S. Attorney or a mayor or some city council official that’s appointing these people, it’s actually people from the community – for themselves, now in charge picking the committee.

“My hope is that the best-of-the-best of Cleveland step up and apply for these positions. This is an incredibly important panel. They have a very important role going forward to make our community better. If people are really all-in in the idea of Cleveland, then the best-of-the-best need to step up and serve on this panel.”

The Community Police Commission will make recommendations on improving police practices and citizen relations. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Cuyahoga Community College's Advanced Technology Training Center, 3409 Woodland Avenue.
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