- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A newly formed organization in Cleveland that is supposed to play a vital role in reforming the city’s troubled police department will be holding its first meeting.

The Community Police Commission is a key component of an agreement reached earlier this year between the city and U.S. Department of Justice to reform the police department after a DOJ investigation found that officers too often use excessive force and violate people’s civil rights.

The police commission is a 13-member panel with responsibilities that include making recommendations to the police chief, mayor and city council about how police officers can develop better relationships with the communities they serve.

The panel is scheduled to meet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Community Church on Cleveland’s near west side.

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