- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Activists are asking city and federal officials to provide the new Cleveland Community Police Commission with more authority and responsibilities.

The activists on Friday sent a letter to Mayor Frank Jackson and U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach expressing their concerns about the commission. The panel is one of the key pieces of a reform-minded consent decree aimed at improving relations between Cleveland police and citizens.

The consent decree says the 13-member commission will make recommendations to the police chief, mayor and city council on policies and practices. Commission candidates will be announced next month.

The activists say there’s nothing in writing that defines the power of the commission, that it doesn’t have enough members and that it’s not given subpoena powers.

Spokesmen for Jackson and Dettelbach declined to comment on Friday.

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