Cleveland has spent over $7 million on surveillance cameras, but doesn’t share where the cameras are or how they’re used. The city cites citizen safety as a reason for shielding information, but has no policies on use of surveillance technology.
Cleveland’s police force remains under federal oversight mandated by a 2015 consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. Consent decrees force cities to change abusive police tactics. But Cleveland still has work to do.