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    US Justice Department Unveils Power Abuse by Cleveland Police: Attorney

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    US Attorney General Eric Holder reported that the US Department of Justice has carried out and independent review that shows that the Cleveland police regularly abuses its power.

    WASHINGTON, December 5 (Sputnik) – The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has discovered that Cleveland police is engaged in systematic power abuse in violation of the constitution, US Attorney General Eric Holder reveals.

    "After a thorough and independent review…we [DOJ] have determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Cleveland Division of Police engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force – in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution," Holder told journalists at a press conference Thursday.

    The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees its citizens protection against "unreasonable searches and seizures".

    Holder said that DOJ found "systemic deficiencies" in Cleveland police practices that include "insufficient accountability", "ineffective policies" and "inadequate engagement with the community".

    According to the attorney general, DOJ will work with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in order to resolve the issue in a comprehensive manner.

    Holder is currently holding roundtable meetings on community trust across the United States as part of a US government response to the protests against US police officers abusing power.

    The protests were sparked by Wednesday's grand jury decision not to press charges against police officer Daniel Pantaleo who chocked African-American Eric Garner to death in July and last week's grand jury ruling not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the deadly shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown in August.

    On Thursday, Holder said DOJ was going to launch a civil rights investigation into Garner's death.


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