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Community Roundtable– Cleveland Police Reform

To the editor: (Plain Press, April 2017)                There was much to learn from the community roundtable on Cleveland police reform and consent decree held on March 22nd at the Urban Community School in Ohio City.  But, it might not have been obvious. That is because people tend to focus on content instead form, “substance” … Continue reading

Residents offer suggestions for community policing

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, April 2017)       A Community Forum was held at Urban Community School on March 22nd, to discuss forming a Community Policing Plan in response to the Consent Decree between the City of Cleveland and the United States Justice Department. Members of the Monitoring Team stressed to residents and stakeholders the importance … Continue reading

Reader recommends Citizen Police Academy as means to bridge gap between police and community

To the Editor, (Plain Press, March 2017) Regarding the photo exhibition put together by Al Wasco and featured in the February issue of the Plain Press– in 1999, I had an idea similar to Mr. Wasco’s so I enrolled in Cleveland’s Citizen Police Academy, hoping to encourage communication between police and minorities, outcasts, the psychiatrically-labeled … Continue reading

Offended by Black and Blue Side By Side

To the  Editor: (Plain Press, March 2017)             I attended the discussion at the Black and Blue Side By Side exhibit which you pictured in the February 2017 Volume 44 edition of the Plain Press. Portraying black male subjects with police officers seems to be an attempt to gloss over the many instances of the crimes … Continue reading

Cudell Improvement celebrates 42nd annual meeting

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, February 2017)        In his remarks at the beginning of the Cudell Improvement 42nd Annual Meeting on January 25, Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone told of the influence the late Judge Raymond Pianka had on his life. He said, “Ray was like a big brother to me.” He noted that … Continue reading

Black and Blue Side by Side

Proposal for new policies for police crisis intervention teams revealed

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, January 2017) The City of Cleveland proposed policies for its Crisis Intervention Teams Program were revealed at a Community Forum on December 13 at Urban Community School at 4909 Lorain Avenue. In addition to reviewing drafts of the new policy, residents and stakeholders were given the opportunity to make suggestions … Continue reading

Election 2016 results — turnout varies widely in precincts in Plain Press service area

Election 2016 results – turnout varies widely in precincts in Plain Press service area (Plain Press, December 2016) Voters approved all three issues on the ballot in Cleveland this November. Of the three issues, the half percent hike in the payroll tax won by the smallest margin winning 51.36% to 48.64%, with 64,439 yes votes … Continue reading

Community groups demand a higher standard from Cleveland City Council – urge rejection of Police Review Board Ballot Issue 33

(Plain Press, November 2016)    Members from the Cleveland-based chapters of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) are criticizing what they call weak revisions to the Police Review Board: a set of minor changes to appear before voters on this Election Day. The groups say Issue 33 is “a watered-down version … Continue reading

Citizens offer input to proposed changes in the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force policy

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October, 2016) Over one hundred people gathered at Urban Community School, on September 20th, to offer input to proposed changes in the Use of Force Policy from the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team. Residents were given a handout with a brief summary of current use of force policy and the proposed … Continue reading