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Hundreds join roundtable discussion on police use of force

Hundreds attended the roundtable discussion. (Source: WOIO) Hundreds attended the roundtable discussion. (Source: WOIO)
The event was held at the Word Church in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) The event was held at the Word Church in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was in attendance. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson was in attendance. (Source: WOIO)
On Monday night, hundreds of people turned out at a meeting to address concerns on Cleveland police officers' use of force. 

They started with song. Then they got right to business.

"We are here tonight because in the last 10 years, there have been two federal investigations into the Cleveland Police Department," said one speaker on stage in the Word Church.

The overflowing crowd listened as some of the panelists grilled Cleveland city leaders and discussed the recent shootings and why the government says CPD has problems.

"There are things that are wrong within the Cleveland Division of Police and we will correct them," said Chief Calvin Williams.

Audience members had plenty to say.

"Everyone just wanted to listen, ya know, from all perspectives tonight," said one woman.

"I'm disappointed. They're not coming up with none of the solutions. Everybody's getting heard, but they ain't coming up with the answers," said one man.

In the end, everyone is looking for answers. It was Cleveland's police chief who reached out for help. 

"Our officers have a very difficult job to do and, ya know, I am asking for the people in this room, for the people in this city, to help us together solve these issues, that not only affect the Cleveland Division of Police, but affect our communities period," said Williams.

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