Hundreds with Cleveland faith coalition offer recommendations on police reform

More than 1,000 people with a northeast Ohio religious coalition have presented their recommendations for reforming the Cleveland Police Department.

Leaders from area faith coalition Greater Cleveland Congregations presented their recommendations for police reform to local and federal officials at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Tuesday night.

Among the group's recommendations were use-of force changes, increased accountability and transparency, better training and diversified personnel.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk), a U.S. Department of Justice representative and other officials attended the meeting.

A DOJ report issued in December said an investigation had found a pattern and practice of Cleveland police officers using excessive force and violating rights. The city and the justice department have begun negotiating the terms of a consent decree.