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The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether a rape prosecution delayed for two decades can go forward now. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a case raising questions about the testing of hundreds of old rape kits in Cleveland and statewide.

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About 100 days remain before the Republican National Convention comes to Cleveland, and police Wednesday told City Council they will be prepared.

During the convention, Cleveland police will be responsible for managing traffic and crowds outside of the secure zone downtown. In addition, Police Chief Calvin Williams says he expects thousands of law enforcement officers in Cleveland. But even with so much happening downtown, police say they plan to staff local neighborhoods at 115 percent.

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Cleveland is hiring a former federal judge to ensure the city complies with its police reform agreement. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN’s Nick Castele reports the $125,000-dollar-a-year position will coordinate city departments involved with the consent decree.

Cleveland’s consent decree with the Justice Department doesn’t call for this coordinator position. But Mayor Frank Jackson says it’s necessary because the agreement requires a massive amount of work.

Tanisha Anderson

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office will serve as special prosecutor for the case of Tanisha Anderson who died in Cleveland police custody.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty sent the case to the Ohio Attorney General after the sheriff department’s investigation of Anderson’s death revealed a conflict of interest for the prosecutor’s office. 

The office would not comment on what the conflict is.

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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has apologized to the family of Tamir Rice over a billing statement for the cost of ambulance transport after the 12 year old was shot by police. Jackson says the claim was settled a year ago by Medicaid, but re-sent this week to the executor of the Rice family estate for standard legal purposes.                                                               


Steve Dettelbach is wrapping up his seven years as U.S. attorney for Northern Ohio and heading back to private practice. The work of his office has included high-profile corruption, civil rights and terrorism cases. But, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the biggest legacy may be the binding agreement to overhaul the Cleveland Police Department.


In speeches and interviews, Steven Dettelbach is careful to note that police are crucial, have a hard job and are owed a great deal of thanks.  But, he says, there’s a problem.

Matthew Barge

  The Cleveland branch of the NAACP wants the head of the patrolmen’s union to resign from the group that has a key role in reforming the police department.

The NAACP says union President Steve Loomis should quit because of his strident defense of the six officers fired for their roles in the mass shooting that killed two unarmed people in 2012.

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Cleveland Police Monitor

  On Monday, a federal judge will get his first official look at the plan to overhaul the Cleveland Police Department. But WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports some of the details came out in his courtroom today.



Under state law, the Cleveland police officers fired this week for their roles in 2012’s deadly chase and shooting can keep their pensions.  

The six fired officers were among 13 who shot 137 bullets into the suspect’s car following the pursuit. City officials say they violated department policies during the chaotic volley of gunfire. Cleveland State University law professor Kenneth Kowalski says Ohio’s law covering pension forfeiture only applies to certain felonies.

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A new survey finds residents across Northeast Ohio consider local police to be either trustworthy public servants who treat everyone equally, or they’re unreliable and single out certain groups for harassment or abuse. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports perceptions hinge largely on respondents’ race and where they live.

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The Cuyahoga County grand jury announced Monday is is not indicting the Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014. But, WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the incident will be the subject of a new, non-criminal investigation.

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A Cleveland grand jury has decided against indicting two police officers in the November 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty says a "perfect storm of human error" led to the death of Tamir Rice, who was holding what turned out to be a toy pellet gun when he was shot by police within two seconds of their arriving.

"The death of Tamir Rice was an absolute tragedy. It was horrible, unfortunate and regrettable. But it was not, by the law that binds us, a crime."


  The City of Cleveland has submitted its first six-month report on progress in meeting police department reforms listed in the consent decree the city signed this spring with the Department of Justice. The report submitted to the judge overseeing the decree lists several milestones and goals for next year. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

Judge OK'S Training Cleveland Police Cadets in Columbus

Dec 11, 2015

 Cleveland police cadets will head to Columbus on Monday for the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy.  Today, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Friedland lifted a temporary restraining order blocking the move. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.