via News5:

A reduction in crime and fewer use of force incidents highlight the latest Cleveland police monitoring report.

“It’s always good news when we are meeting and exceeding the metrics,” said Chief Calvin Williams in reaction to this week’s release of the semi-annual consent decree report.

Cleveland’s consent decree with the Department of Justice came after the DOJ studied hundreds of use of force cases in Cleveland. In 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Cleveland and laid out the problems.

“There is reasonable cause to believe that the Cleveland Division of Public Police engages in a pattern and practice of using excessive force,” said Holder at a 2014 news conference.

“When people come into your house and try to tell you the things you are doing wrong and what you need to fix you are taken a back a little,” said Chief Williams. “There were definitely things we weren’t doing in a proper manner and we acknowledge that.

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