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Community Issues Forum
May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Collaborative Agreement Today:
How is this 2002 legal agreement to improve community/police relations faring?
Where do things stand with the Collaborative Agreement today? This formal agreement emerged in 2002 as the result of a federal law suit filed by Cincinnati’s African American leadership against the City for longstanding discriminatory police practices. It was hammered out after a period of bad community/police relations and the fatal shooting of a young African-American by a police officer in 2001.
Overseen by a court appointed monitor, the agreement included a number of reforms to eliminate discriminatory practices, and a program to implement community oriented policing. These reforms earned Cincinnati a reputation for taking positive steps that were needed in many cities across the country. The legal obligations of the agreement have ended, but the city, African-American leaders and neighborhood leaders want the reforms to continue. The recent Collaborative Agreement Refresher served as a process for updating and maintaining those reforms.
At the this Community Issues Forum, Jason N. Cooper, Collaborative Agreement Sustainability manager for the city of Cincinnati, and Iris Roley, project manager for the Cincinnati Black United Front’s Collaborative Agreement and Refresher, provide an update on the Collaborative Agreement after it underwent a recent reevaluation and planning process.
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