CRIME

Justice Department: Community policing key to reforming Cleveland police department

U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news-conference before a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Cleveland. The US Justice Department issued a report Thursday that says Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and place the public and their fellow officers in danger because of reckless behaviors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news-conference before a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Cleveland. The US Justice Department issued a report Thursday that says Cleveland police officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often, are poorly trained in tactics and firearm use and place the public and their fellow officers in danger because of reckless behaviors. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

A commitment to community policing is one of the key reforms the U.S. Department of Justice expects from the Cleveland police department after issuing a report that says officers too often use excessive force and violate people's civil rights.

Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta said at a news conference Thursday led by Attorney General Eric Holder that accountability and community policing make the job of delivering police services easier and safer.

The DOJ spent 18 months investigating use of force policies in Cleveland after a series of well-publicized incidents, including the killing of two unarmed civilians in a hail of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.