Monitoring Team Recommends Approval of Revised Disciplinary Matrix

As required by Paragraphs 245 through 249 of the Consent Decree, the City of Cleveland, on behalf of the Cleveland Division of Police, submitted a proposed revised Disciplinary Matrix to the Monitor. 

Reviewing the proposed Disciplinary Matrix, the Monitoring Team determined that it provides sufficiently clear guidelines around, among other things, (1) the types of CDP misconduct violations that are subject to discipline; (2) the appropriate amount of discipline for first-time and successive violations; (3) the mitigating and aggravating factors that are relevant to the determination of discipline; and (4) the circumstances that may not be considered in determining discipline.

Along with the views of the City, Division of Police, Department of Justice, and the Monitoring Team, the Proposed Disciplinary Matrix reflects the input of other critical stakeholders.  The Office of Professional Standards and the Citizen Police Review Board provided their comments on April 21, 2017.  Those comments were incorporated into later drafts.  On August 22, 2017, the Cleveland Community Police Commission (“CPC”) held a community meeting for Cleveland residents to share their feedback on a draft of the disciplinary matrix.  The CPC subsequently conferred with the Division to provide its comments and insights.  Additionally, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (“CPPA”) expressed its concerns in an April 21, 2017 letter to CDP regarding proposed revisions to the disciplinary matrix and recommended additional changes for the Division to consider.

The Monitoring Team concluded that the revised Disciplinary Matrix satisfies the terms of the Consent Decree and recommended that the Court order it effective January 1, 2018.

Read more about the revised Disciplinary Matrix here.