Cleveland City Council to offer "Listening Tours" on DOJ's findings

Cleveland City Council to offer "Listening Tours" on DOJ's findings

During a press conference on Dec. 8, Cleveland City announced a "Listening Tour" series to allow citizens to raise their concerns over the Justice Department's recent investigation into the Cleveland Police Department. Attorney General Eric Holder's

, released last week, found excessive and unnecessary use of force within the police department.

The Listening Tours will be mobile Public Safety Committee hearings held in various Cleveland neighborhoods. The first session will be held in Ward One, on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Harvard Community Services Center. That area is represented by Councilman Terrell Pruitt.

"We want people to come out to share their experiences and to express their concerns," said Councilman Pruitt.

The purpose of the Listening Tours will give citizens an avenue in which to express their concerns on the policies of the Cleveland Police Department. 

"We will examine the DOJ's findings closely in the coming weeks, particularly as we examine the Department of Public Safety's budget for next year," said Council President Kevin J. Kelley.

Chairman of Public Safety Matt Zone added, "These sessions will allow our citizens to have a voice in the process. We will discuss expectations moving forward from the DOJ's findings."

US Attorney Steven Dettelbach and other city administration will be at a public hearing Wednesday, Dec 10 at 10 a.m. for a public hearing on the Listening Tours.

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