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Cleveland Police use of force on downward trend

A full breakdown for various categories of force dating back to 2003. (Source: City of Cleveland) A full breakdown for various categories of force dating back to 2003. (Source: City of Cleveland)
The Department of Justice says Cleveland Police have shown a pattern of using "excessive force," so we looked at how often officers use force.
 
Records show the use of force by Cleveland Police has been on a downward trend.
 
Last year, there were 14 deadly force cases, and that is the equivalent of .06 percent of all arrests. For contrast, in 2006 there were 37 cases of deadly force. 

Deadly force is any action likely to cause death or serious physical injury. It may involve firearms, but also includes any force or instrument of force (such as a vehicle or edged weapon) capable of causing death or serious injury. Deadly force includes firing at or in the direction of a person, as well as head strikes with an ASP baton or any hard object.

As for non-deadly force, we also noticed sharp drops in recent years in the number of cases Cleveland officers used stun guns, pepper spray or an ASP.

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