On November 22, 2014, my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police. Seven years later, we still haven’t gotten justice. My family is not alone. There are more than 90 families in our city who’ve lost a loved one to police violence. This fall, we have a historic opportunity to win justice for all of them: Issue 24.
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Cleveland City Council’s habit of invoking legal technicalities that alter the normal process for passing ordinances may seem mundane or bureaucratic, but it raises questions about why the rules exist if they are almost universally disregarded and how these practices bear on government accessibility and civic engagement.