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What would this ballot measure do?

This amendment is a common-sense approach that ensures independent oversight of investigations into police misconduct, and gives final authority on discipline decisions to a board of community leaders. This means that community members, from every part of our city, will have a hand in improving accountability within our police department to ultimately build a safer Cleveland.

This ballot measure specifically expands the investigative and disciplinary powers of the Civilian Police Review Board, an independent body appointed by the Mayor that investigates alleged misconduct by police employees. It also establishes a permanent Community Police Commission to serve as the final city authority regarding the discipline of police officers, and it provides the community with an ongoing voice on policing and community safety policies.

Click here to read the full amendment.

How will this impact our city’s budget?

It won’t — it will actually save taxpayers money. This campaign is about delivering real accountability for our communities by ensuring fair and independent investigations into police misconduct. Since 2014, the City of Cleveland has paid out $24 million in settlements arising from police misconduct — far more than the city paid in the years before. Independent community oversight is a tried and tested way to move policing in our city in the right direction and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on settlements for police wrongdoing.

what’s needed to qualify this for the ballot, and when would people get to vote on this?

Our campaign needs to collect more than 6,000 signatures to put this issue on the ballot. Click here to learn where and how you can get involved as we collect signatures across Cleveland. 

We expect that Cleveland residents will get the chance to vote on this measure for common-sense police accountability in the fall of 2021.