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3News' Russ Mitchell moderates United Way of Greater Cleveland/NAACP - Cleveland Branch's Consent Decree Community Conversation

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams was among those on tonight's panel.

CLEVELAND — With police reform and violent crime top of mind in the city of Cleveland, the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the NAACP - Cleveland Branch co-sponsored a Consent Decree Community Conversation tonight.

This evening's conversation was moderated by 3News anchor and managing editor Russ Mitchell and focused on bias-free policing and racial profiling.

The event took place from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. and was livestreamed on WKYC.com, the WKYC app, Facebook Live, and YouTube. Here are the panelists who joined Russ Mitchell:

  • Calvin Williams, Chief of Police, City of Cleveland
  • Karrie Howard, Director, Department of Public Safety, City of Cleveland
  • Rick DeChant, Executive Director, Cleveland Police Foundation (CPF)
  • Ayesha Hardaway, Associate Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Brian Maxey, Deputy Monitor, Cleveland Police Monitoring Team
  • Vincent Montague, President, Black Shield Police Association
  • David Lima, Leadership Team, Show Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

You can re-watch the entire conversation in the player below:

The Consent Decree is an agreement made six years ago between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice, following a 21-month long investigation. The Cleveland Division of Police is required to commit to ongoing engagement with the community and to make a number of fundamental changes to its policies, practices and procedures.

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