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Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

Cleveland Cop Who Killed Unarmed Couple Is Cleared

He fired through windshield at pair after police chase

(Newser) - A white Cleveland police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a high-profile city shooting that left two unarmed black people dead. A judge today found Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 shootings that followed a massive police chase involving more than 100 cops, reports Cleveland.... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants 'Justice,' Lives in Shelter

And family of boy shot by cops refuses to halt civil lawsuit

(Newser) - Five months is long enough, they say, and they're not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won't hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. "The... More »

Mom Who Dropped Kid in Cheetah Pit Is Childcare Worker

Michelle Schwab is an assistant director at KinderCare

(Newser) - The woman accused of dangling and dropping her 2-year-old boy into a zoo's cheetah exhibit is herself a childcare worker, Cleveland.com reports. Michelle Schwab is an assistant director, no less, at KinderCare in Columbus, Ohio, the company's corporate office revealed today. Schwab "is currently home with... More »

FBI Gets 'Huge Tip' in Case of Girl Missing Since 2007

Could woman caught on ATM camera be missing Ashley Summers?

(Newser) - In July 2007, 14-year-old Ashley Summers left her home in Cleveland, Ohio, to stay with a relative after a fight with her mom—and then went missing. Now, the FBI is looking for the public's help in identifying a woman who could possibly be the missing girl. While perusing... More »

Cleveland Mayor: Sorry for Blaming Tamir Rice

Documents will be re-worded soon, Frank Jackson says

(Newser) - Cleveland's mayor apologized today after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions. Mayor Frank Jackson says the city's response to a federal lawsuit filed... More »

Cleveland: Tamir Rice Death 'Directly Caused by Own Acts'

City has 20 answers for family's wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland has responded to Tamir Rice's family's wrongful death lawsuit, and in it the city contends that the 12-year-old's death and the family's suffering "were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant." It further faults Tamir, who... More »

Cleveland Cops Tackled, Cuffed Dying Boy's Sister

They made no attempt to help Tamir Rice

(Newser) - A lawyer for Tamir Rice 's family calls it the cruelest thing he's ever seen. In newly released surveillance video, two Cleveland police officers can be seen pushing the boy's 14-year-old sister to the ground as she tried to run to her brother's side just 90... More »

Guy Pulls Out Sword After Fight Over Sexuality

Heated argument between Cleveland pals ramps up when one whips out 2-footer

(Newser) - They could've kept it a simple guys' night watching the Cavaliers game on TV and playing dominoes together. But two Cleveland men became embroiled Wednesday in a more pointed activity after one of the men, a 48-year-old who's called "Cowboy," decided to accuse his 44-year-old pal... More »

Police Union Head Calls NFL Player's Shirt 'Pathetic'

Jeff Follmer says Browns' Andrew Hawkins should apologize for Tamir Rice shirt

(Newser) - The president of the Cleveland police union is disgruntled at the latest sartorial protest in the shooting deaths of unarmed black individuals by police. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins sported a shirt that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III " before the Browns' game against... More »

Cleveland Baby Born at 10:11, 12/13/14

It was the last sequential date for at least 20 years

(Newser) - Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Hazel Grace was born Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland's Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she'd be born on Saturday's special date, but they didn't know she'd... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Feds: Cleveland Cops Use Excessive Force Routinely

Department will get an independent monitor

(Newser) - Cleveland police use unnecessary force so often that the department must let an independent monitor make sure reforms are put into place, reports NBC News . That's one result of a Justice Department investigation of 600 incidents between 2010 and 2013 that faults the department for poor training and a... More »

Cop Who Shot Cleveland Boy 'Dismal' in Gun Training

He couldn't follow simple directions, chief wrote

(Newser) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was considered a major liability in his previous police job—but Cleveland never looked at his file. When Tim Loehmann was an officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, the deputy chief wrote that he seemed "distracted" and "... More »

Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Police who confronted Tamir Rice 'reacted quickly,' family statement says

(Newser) - Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday,... More »

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Authorities say officer told Tamir Rice 3 times to show his hands as car approached

(Newser) - Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

Surveillance Video Caught Shooting of Cleveland Boy

But police have no plans to release it

(Newser) - Cleveland authorities say they've got surveillance video of the confrontation Saturday night that ended with a rookie cop shooting a 12-year-old boy to death, reports CNN . It will be a big part of the police investigation into the Tamir Rice case, but as of now, there are no plans... More »

Dad of Boy Killed by Police: Why Didn't They Tase Him?

Tamir Rice was 'respectful' young man, he says

(Newser) - The father of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot dead after brandishing a BB gun wants to know why police had to use deadly force on his son. He tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Tamir Rice was a "respectful" young man and that he's shocked by accounts that... More »

Cleveland Cops Kill 12-Year-Old With Toy Gun

Unnamed boy was brandishing Airsoft gun at rec center

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died today after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call yesterday afternoon about a person waving a gun in a park. A man who called 911 told dispatchers that the person, "... More »

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