CLEVELAND (AP) — Hundreds of people are asking Cleveland to reopen police mini-stations as leaders consider reforms for the city's police department.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/18tHB7D ) more than 1,500 people have signed a petition demanding the mini-stations' return.
The city established the stations at community centers in the 1990s to connect officers and residents, but closed them in 2005.
Councilwoman Dona Brady has said staffing the mini-stations might have prevented the November fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was carrying a pellet gun when he was shot outside a recreation center that was once home to a mini-station.
A 20-month Department of Justice investigation found a pattern and practice of Cleveland police using excessive force and violating rights. The city and DOJ have begun negotiating a consent decree.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com