- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a status conference for next month on Cleveland’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the city’s troubled police department.

Cleveland and DOJ officials announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement on a consent decree that a federal judge must approve and an independent monitor will oversee. The two sides negotiated for five months after the DOJ issued findings in December that said an investigation had uncovered a pattern of officers using excessive force and violating people’s rights.

Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. scheduled the status conference for June 12.

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