|U.S. Department of Justice "Voluntary" Agreement with Cincinnati|
[This story is under development as of 4/23/02. A detailed analysis is pending, and the full text of the "voluntary" agreement with Cincinnati is available in PDF format at DOJ-Cinci Agreement. -- Editor]
[Official Press Release from U.S. DOJ 4/12/02]
DEPARTMENT REACHES AGREEMENT
Underscores Justice Department'S Commitment To Work With
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that the Justice Department has reached an agreement with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) to improve policing in Cincinnati. Under an agreement executed today among the Justice Department, the City of Cincinnati, and the CPD, the CPD will augment and enhance its policies and procedures in use of force, training, management, supervision, and discipline of officers to help ensure that CPD continues to minimize and deter the use of excessive force.
"Our priority is to fix the problem, not fix the blame. Our mission was to identify areas of opportunity for immediate reform and remediation," said Ashcroft. "In one year's time Cincinnati has been transformed from a city of division to a city of reconciliation."
As a result of the agreement, the City and the CPD will:
Additionally, the parties will jointly select an independent monitor who will ensure that CPD complies with the agreement. The monitor will issue regular public reports regarding CPD's progress in implementing these reforms. Additionally, the same monitor will also oversee the Collaborative's settlement agreement in the private lawsuit, Cincinnati Policing, No. C-1-99-317 (S.D. Oh. 2001).
Under the 1994 Crime Bill, the Justice Department has the authority to file civil suits against law enforcement agencies that engage in a pattern of misconduct. The Justice Department also has the authority to file suit against law enforcement agencies that receive federal funds and engage in a pattern of discrimination. [Emphasis added. -- Editor]
Commentary: Does the U.S. DOJ and Attorney General John Ashcroft really want us to believe this agreement was voluntary? -- Editor
Other Links and Resources
Full text of DOJ's "voluntary" agreement with Cincinnati at: DOJ-Cinci Agreement (PDF format)
Analysis of DOJ agreement with Cincinnati at: Analysis of DOJ-Cinci Agreement (Web format)