Cleveland police use excessive force far too often, stinging government report finds


The Justice Department today released a report finding that officers in the Cleveland police department are “poorly trained on how to control people during arrests and that some officers don’t know how to safely handle firearms.”

The report highlights one encounter in which a sergeant fired two shots at a man wearing only boxer shorts after he escaped from a home where he and others were being held against their will. The sergeant told police investigators he shot at the man because he had raised an arm and pointed his hand toward the officer.

“No other officers at the scene reported seeing [the man] point anything at the sergeant,” the report said.

The 58-page report is especially critical of how the Cleveland police department investigates when officers use force.

A copy of the 58-page report can be found here.

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