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The Cleveland Police Department has another problem

Updated: Nov 12, 2018

Janell Ross via The Washington Post

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Lynn Hampton, president of the Black Shield Police Association, a black officer subgroup within the union, has described the union endorsement vote as one that seems set to divide the union ranks along racial lines and inflame community distrust in a city where the relationship between police and residents of color is already, at best, fraught. The move may be regarded as intentionally antagonistic.


Some officers involved in the meetings where the larger union's leadership decided to put the issue to a membership vote also thought it wise to stay out of national political matters and focus on local races.

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