PLBC looks forward to results of DOJ settlement in Cleveland conduct investigation
HARRISBURG, May 26 – Following the announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement with the Cleveland Police Department over officer conduct, state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and its membership expressed optimism on behalf of the city, its residents, and the family and friends of the victims.
The results of the settlement are expected to be announced sometime this week and come just days after a Cleveland police officer was found not guilty in the 2012 fatal shooting of two unarmed, black occupants inside a car. The acquittal prompted protests in the city.
"While the judge’s ruling went for the police officer, which outraged many people in the city of Cleveland, we all must remember that all lives matter," Brown said. "The PLBC emphasizes its faith and optimism in hearing the results of the settlement and that the issues with the Cleveland Police Department will be addressed by the DOJ with its decree.
"The PLBC truly remains committed to finding real solutions to the issues that plague our cities and minority populations. With the many injustices that have occurred across the nation involving law enforcement, we must take a proactive approach to prevent similar incidents from happening in Pennsylvania. It is important and necessary that we build a bridge between the public and law enforcement to create a level of trust that has been lacking to the west of us in Cleveland, to the south of us in Baltimore and other areas marked by unrest."