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The fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice involves critical problems in the Cleveland Police Department that the Justice Department’s been studying since early last year.

That report on the use of deadly force, and whether CPD’s largely white department violates civil rights of the largely black city that it serves, is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

Mike Nelson, the co-chairperson of the NAACP’S Criminal Justice Committee, said “The problem here is, we have a pathology. We need to research how we recruit these guys. We need to research what kind of direction is given to them so they have other alternatives than deadly force.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, former Police Chief Michael McGrath and other community groups and leaders called for the NAACP to get involved in the wake of the wild chase and fatal shooting of unarmed suspects Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams on Nov. 29, 2012.

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