Call To Action: Cleveland Community Police Commission Seeks LGBTQ+, Immigrant, Youth Input To Aid Police Reform

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By Gennifer Harding-Gosnell

The Cleveland Community Police Commission’s Accountability Work Group is looking for more input from people in marginalized communities who have had experiences dealing with Cleveland police, according to statements made in the group’s latest meeting.

CCPC Analyst Ryan Walker said 13% of their last survey sampling group were LGBTQ, 3% were non-binary. 

Commissioner LaToya Logan said although it’s “great to have [perspectives] from people who have never had an issue with the police,” she feels it’s important for the group to hear more from people who have had less-than-positive experiences with CPD: “We can do a better effort reaching out to some of those areas.”

“Transgender individuals, who have been arrested…what does that look like? Their perception is gonna be significantly different than youth who are identifying as LGBTQ, but have never had a police interaction or never engaged in being criminalized in this country. We need to make sure that we’re tacking it to the voices of people who have those life experiences, because that is what’s going to help the CPD.”  

Logan also discussed the need for more input from youth, immigrants, and refugees in the Cleveland area. She says part of this year’s agenda for the work group will be to complete samplings using more effective surveying methods, conduct follow-ups to track progress, and reach out to Cleveland’s marginalized communities for more of their experiences.

What Should I Do? 

  • Talk to the CCPC if you are LGBTQ, an immigrant, a refugee, or a young person who has experienced negative interactions with police. They are only looking for information and understanding. 
  • Join the Accountability Work Group. According to their website, they are accepting new members. The team is responsible for developing recommendations to police under the Consent Decree to increase accountability and reduce instances of officer misconduct.      

This article was written with information obtained by Documenters.org and their coverage of the local government.