Nov. 14 – Cleveland City Council
Covered by Documenters Chau Tang and Christina Easter

Council President Blaine Griffin, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, and other council members recognize the members of Sigma Gamma Rho on the 100th anniversary of the sorority’s founding (Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube / Org: Cleveland City Council).
Council President Blaine Griffin, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, and other council members recognize the members of Sigma Gamma Rho on the 100th anniversary of the sorority’s founding. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

What happened: Eight community members gave public comment. Five discussed nominees to the Community Police Commission (CPC)Thirteen nominees — 10 of whom Mayor Justin Bibb nominated — await council approval. Kareem Henton of Black Lives Matter Cleveland said he doesn’t have a problem with the people who have been nominated. He said he was concerned with who was left out. “You don’t have that member of a family that has lost a loved one to police violence,” Henton said. “Isn’t that part of why we created this?” The nominees don’t meet the criteria included in the Issue 24 charter amendment, he said. A year ago, Cleveland voters approved the amendments, which aim to strengthen oversight of police.

Support for nominees: The city stands by its process. Other community members — including nominees — expressed support in this meeting. Alana Garrett-Ferguson, a Bibb nominee, urged council to move forward seating the commission.

Sigma Gamma Rho honored: Council celebrated the 100th anniversary of Sigma Gamma Rho. Council President Blaine Griffin commended the sorority’s work in the community.

Read Documenter Christina Easter’s live Tweet from the meeting:

Watch the full public comments or read transcripts edited by Documenter Carolyn Cooper on Public Comment CLE (website created by Ohio City resident Angelo Trivisonno).

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