Order for review of police reform agreements draws mixed reaction in NE Ohio

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Earlier this week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a critical review of all police reform agreements, including the one in Cleveland.

The reaction, as with most controversial political positions, was mixed and straightforward. One side likes what Sessions is saying, the other not so much.

"What Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doing is no more than to carry out a political promise that the president made during his campaign," said NAACP president and Cleveland attorney Michael Nelson.

Nelson said the position taken by Sessions is payback for police union support.

"We don't believe Attorney Sessions should be trying to balance his desire to resolve political issues on the backs of the victims of police brutality," Nelson said. "I don't know that he's in our corner."

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland police union, disagrees with the NAACP and the ACLU.

"What I would expect is a fair assessment of what's going on. How we got here, where we're at, where we're headed," Loomis said. "We're just looking forward to a fair shake."

Loomis said police can always improve and that his union has spoken with people in the U.S. AG's office.

"We expected them to take that position because President Trump told us prior to the election when we met with him, prior to our endorsement," Loomis said.

Here's part of a statement from the Cleveland office of the ACLU: "Attorney General Sessions' announcement is profoundly disturbing and runs counter to what we know about police reform."

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