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October 10, 2017
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
James Hardiman, NAACP
Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland
Edward Little, Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Today, Chandra Law as pro bono co-counsel for the Cleveland NAACP; the Collaborative for a Safe, Fair, and Just Cleveland; and the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild filed an amicus brief with U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver critiquing aspects of the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland. Judge Oliver entered an order adopting the agreement on June 12, 2015. The organizations decided to file a joint amicus brief after they were led to believe that they would have time to comment on the agreement before the court would issue its order. That did not happen.
While the organizations support the agreement, they have found certain provisions to be either deficient or potentially illegal. These include the following concerns:
The community organizations hope to persuade Judge Oliver to engage the Department of Justice and City of Cleveland to adopt essential changes to the settlement agreement and order that would better ensure the success of reforms.
The amicus brief can be found here Brief-of-Amici-Curiae-NAACP-et-al.pdf.