Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement regarding the announcement today by the U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ) that it will launch a review of the Cleveland Police Department to determine if patterns and practices lead to an excessive use of force by its officers:
"I welcome oversight by the Department of Justice. Last December, I requested a review by the DOJ's Civil Rights Division following the deadly Cleveland Police chase on November 29, 2012 that resulted in 137 bullets fired by police officers at two unarmed citizens. It is essential to examine not only this case, but to also carefully review the practices and policies of the Cleveland Police Department over time. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez has indicated the Department of Justice is prepared to undertake a review of that magnitude and I thank the Department for its commitment to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation. This review will help to restore and build trust between the community and the officers who are sworn to protect and serve them ."