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Big change to how the city handles internal investigations

One big change in how the city handles internal investigations after police use of force. The change could make a difference in two ways.

The change is coming from a Cleveland Police chopper camera which found Edward Henderson sprawled out, surrounded after a long chase.

The video shows what looks like Henderson taking a couple of kicks from officers.

Now two and half years later, the main officers still have not  found out if they'll be disciplined or how and the feds say they still have a criminal investigation going.

So police bosses have never gotten the full story about which officers did what.

So lawyers for Edward Henderson have pushed for change in how these investigations are done.

We're seeing something similar with the case from last November. Two suspects killed by 13 officers with 137 shots. The case under review by the county prosecutor, but those officers won't find out if they face any internal punishment until the prosecutor decides on any criminal charges.

Attorney David Malik says the city has agreed to start running internal reviews at the same time as criminal reviews so these things don't drag out and investigators can find out what really happened--sooner.  "We want the reforms to be implemented so the way the department works becomes less complex so that there's notice to the officers of what they face if they engage in police misconduct."

Edward Henderson is pushing for other reforms in the police department too.

We're waiting to hear back from the chief's office.

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