A federal judge signed off Friday on an agreement between the Justice Department and the city of Cleveland to reform the troubled police department there.
The agreement will overhaul rules on the use of force, directing officers to use de-escalation tactics when possible. It also calls for training on minimizing racial bias, data analysis on stops, searches and seizures to guard against unconstitutional policing.
A Justice Department report issued in December found pattern of improper police tactics in Cleveland policing, including unjustified shootings, blows to the head and excessive force against the mentally ill.
In approving the agreement on Friday, U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. said that training will be critical to the success of the reforms.