Cleveland police monitor seeks court help on equipment plan

CLEVELAND (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing an agreement to reform the Cleveland police department says he will ask a federal judge to address the city’s inability to devise a detailed plan on providing equipment like cruisers and in-car computers to officers.

A planned court conference next month will be the first time monitor Matthew Barge will ask U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver to directly intervene in Cleveland’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The agreement was reached after a DOJ investigation found a pattern of officers using excessive force and violating people’s civil rights.

The agreement calls for Cleveland to invest in equipment and technology to modernize a department that Barge says lags behind other large cities.

Cleveland officials say the city is committed to fulfilling the requirements of the agreement.