Eric Holder just finished speaking in Cleveland, Ohio where he announced the findings of a Department of Justice report on the practices of the Cleveland Police Department and it’s not good:
And some excerpts from Tweeters covering it live:
More from the AP:
Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and endanger the public and their fellow officers with their recklessness, the U.S. Justice Department said in a report presented Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Justice Department and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson signed an agreement Tuesday that says both sides will work toward the appointment of a court-appointed monitor to oversee reform.
The department found a systemic pattern of reckless and inappropriate use of force by officers and concerns about search-and-seizure practices. It also said officers frequently violated people’s civil rights because of faulty tactics, inadequate training and a lack of supervision and accountability.
But is this DOJ announcement enough to quiet critics of the Cleveland Police Dept. or of police departments across the U.S.? Some are expressing doubts:
Updates to follow.
Twitchy coverage of Ferguson.
Twitchy coverage of Tamir Rice.