Friday, January 23, 2015

Mayor Jackson, Police Chief Williams and Director of Media Relations issue statements

Today in an OpEd on, Mayor Jackson speaks out about the DOJ report, negotiations and his Administration's perspective on the state of Policing in Cleveland.  Meanwhile Police Chief Calvin Williams, as reported by Plain Dealer last night is interviewed for a feature on 60-minutes to be aired this Sunday.

Then today, Daniel Williams, Director of Media Relations for Mayor Jackson issues responses to five questions that have apparently been asked of various news media agencies.  In addition to the responses the Director Williams also released some annual statistics about the Cleveland Division of Police's calls for service, arrests and less lethal force from 2006 through 2014.

Links to all three individual's comments and information are provided below.

Justice Department's Cleveland police findings should be expanded to examine criminal justice system as a whole: - Frank G. Jackson

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, left, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, center, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Dec. 4 as the Justice Department issued its findings that Cleveland police engaged in an unconstitutional use of excessive force. (Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, File, 2014)
Cleveland has come a long way over the last decade. We have made great progress in terms of education, positioning for the future, economic development and opportunities, along with improving our image nationally and internationally. This progress has been overshadowed by recent events, particularly the release of the U.S. Department of Justice report.  [see full article at]

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says he needs to rid force of bad cops on '60 Minutes' Sunday

By Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer on January 22, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says there are "bad cops" in the city and that it's his job to rid the force of them. He tells this to CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker in a report airing Sunday night on "60 Minutes."

The "60 Minutes" segment airs in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of the Cleveland police. It is Williams' first national interview since a rookie police officer shot Tamir Rice in November. The 12-year-old boy died from the gunshot wound. [see full article at]

[video, portion of interview featured in the Plain Dealer article]

[Subject: City of Cleveland Responds to Questions of Local Media on DOJ Findings
     -  Daniel Williams, Director of Media Relations for Mayor Jackson]

In addition to the responses and statistics, the Administration also posted a summary table of contents and the video of the Mayor's100 minute press conference given on December 11, 2914.  See the link to the videos here.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the Department of Justice, Transcripts and Videos

  1. Findings of the Department of Justice - Accountability
  2. Full and Complete Confidence in Previous Chief McGrath and Director Flask
  3. Can Old Leaders Direct New Change? Confidence and Trust from the Community
  4. Poor CPD Record Keeping - Improvement in Categories
  5. Balancing Support of the Police with Response to the Community
  6. Are Changes in the Use of Force Policy Needed?
  7. Do you Agree or Disagree with the DOJ Findings?
  8. Extreme Factors Regarding Disparity
  9. Do the Police Sometimes Exacerbate the Situation?
  10. Is the DOJ Report More About Leadership or Officers on the Street?
  11. Is the Relationship Between the Police and Citizens Better Than in the 1960s?
  12. Overall Level of Trust
  13. Do You Support an Independent Outside Investigation of Police Shootings?
  14. How Much Responsibility Do You Bear?
  15. Administration Walks Out in Council

Responses to DOJ Report Questions From PD and NEOMG 1-23-2015 by Brian Cummins

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