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Issue 24’s supporters, many of whom have lost loved ones to police violence, have spent years advocating for civilian oversight of the Cleveland Division of Police. The amendment’s opponents say it grants too much power to appointed officials to solve issues the Consent Decree is already addressing.
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.
At gatherings of Cleveland City Council, members of the public are not allowed to address the council. A group called Citizens for Public Comment is trying to change that in the run-up to the 2021 elections, hoping to foster public participation in decision making at a time when the mayoral race, and all 17 council seats, are up for grabs.