U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Cleveland Police Department systematically engages in excessive use of force against civilians, and that an independent monitor will now oversee implementation of reforms. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An investigation by the U.S. Justice Department has found the Cleveland Police Department systematically engages in excessive use of force against civilians, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday. The investigation began in March 2013 and carries added weight after an incident last month when a Cleveland police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was carrying what turned out to be a toy gun on a playground. Holder said the findings of this investigation will prompt federally mandated reforms, which have yet to be determined, but carry no criminal charges. The announcement comes at a tense moment between law enforcement and communities they serve, particularly low-income black communities and Holder says he and President Obama agree the time has come to do more about police use of lethal force. Holder also said these recent cases are sparking an "important conversation" about the sense of trust that needs to take place between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect.