Nearly 200 people apply for Cleveland community police panel

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Posted: Aug 13, 2015 6:55 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nearly 200 people have applied to become members of a commission responsible for recommending policies to improve how Cleveland police officers interact with the public.

The Community Police Commission is one of the key provisions in a reform-minded consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice. That agreement was reached after the Justice Department issued an investigative report in December that said Cleveland police officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights.

The 13-member panel will include 10 people who live or work in Cleveland and come from the minority community and advocacy groups. The other three members will come from Cleveland's police unions. Members will serve four-year terms.

A selection panel will announce its recommendations for the commission early next month.