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‘Swap Talk’ with WCPN in Cleveland: Does Federal Oversight Curtail Police Abuse?

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Katy Kostenko, a 19-year old resident of Cleveland, holds a sign in protest on December 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors took to the street the day after a grand jury declined to indict Cleveland Police officer Timothy Loehmann for the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014. (Photo: Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

In 2015, the Cleveland Police Department was placed under federal oversight known as a consent decree after the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old African-American boy named Tamir Rice. The consent decree means the Department of Justice will oversee related reforms in Cleveland’s police department; Oakland police went through something similar in 2003 when it came under a federal court’s supervision after abuses by a group of officers known as the “Rough Riders.” In this hour, we’ll look at federal involvement in both cities’ police departments and if such arrangements help or hinder relationships between police and the communities they serve. KQED’s Michael Krasny and WCPN’s Amy Eddings co-host this special episode and invite listeners from both regions to join the conversation.


Jim Chanin, civil rights lawyer based in Oakland, CA
Mark Hoy, a law enforcement professional
Kareem Henton, founding member of Black Lives Matter Cleveland



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