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DOJ seeks suggestions on panelists for selecting Cleveland police commission members

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CLEVELAND — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking suggestions about who should serve on a selection panel that will pick a community police commission that is a key provision in Cleveland police department reforms.

A federal judge on June 12 approved an agreement made between the city and Justice Department on how to reform the department after a DOJ investigation concluded that Cleveland officers had shown a pattern of using excessive force and violating people's rights.

The agreement requires the selection panel to have members from faith-based organizations, civil rights groups, minority communities, advocacy groups, youth organizations and the business community. The panel must be picked by July 12.

The 13-member police commission will make recommendations on how Cleveland officers can work more closely with community.

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