Cleveland police officers routinely engage in "unreasonable and unnecessary use of force," and they are poorly trained and supervised, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Announced by Attorney General Eric Holder, the report is the culmination of a two-year civil rights review launched after Cleveland police killed two unarmed black men in a hail of 137 bullets in 2012. The report found that officers often "accidentally shot someone either because they fired their guns accidentally or because they shot the wrong person," and too often used "unnecessary, excessive, or retaliatory" non-lethal force.
The city has agreed to work with the DOJ to overhaul its police policies and to accept oversight by an independent monitor.
The announcement came weeks after Cleveland police shot and killed a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was playing with a toy gun.