- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - After conducting community meetings, Cleveland City Council says members will examine police training and equipment needs and monitor negotiations between the city and the U.S. Justice Department about reforming the police department.

The council issued a brief report Wednesday on what it learned during a “Listening Tour” conducted over a four-week period. The report says high-profile cases, such as the fatal shootings of two unarmed suspects in November 2012 and a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun last year, left some residents concerned about a lack of community policing, abuse of police power and a lack of respect for citizens.

The council plans hearings on the progress of consent decree negotiations with the Department of Justice and other police issues this year.

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