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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.
In Cleveland, there continues to be a lack of accountability, transparency, and trust when it comes to the police, and that’s with a consent decree in place. That’s where we the people come in. On November 2nd, Clevelanders have an opportunity to vote for change: Issue 24.
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.
Northeast Ohio residents got the opportunity to question seven candidates for Cleveland mayor about their priorities on public safety, racial equity and more last week during a mayoral debate coordinated by Ideastream Public Media and the City Club of Cleveland.