(Cleveland) - Starting in 2022, if there are disciplinary issues for Cleveland Police Officers, it will be dealt with in a newly-formed citizen commission. this because of the passage of Issue 24 in Tuesday's election.
With 99 percent of the vote counted, Issue 24 won with 31,717 votes for, and 21,800 against (59.27 percent to 40.73 percent).
Under Issue 24, the Cleveland City Charter will be changed to created a Civilian Police Review Board, with the authority to look into complaints from the public against police, and to deal with disciplinary action.
The issue came about because of public distrust of police, mainly after the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. A federal consent decree governing police reform has been in effect in Cleveland, but some say the problems with the department have not been fixed.
Opponents of Issue 24 have said it would cause police to leave the department, and could led to litigation, because it would conflict with labor agreements.
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