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State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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The Department of Justice has allocated nearly $3 million to Ohio's southern federal court district to supplement drug court programs as part of a national initiative to curb opioid abuse.

Cleveland Begins Process Of Selecting Community Police Commission

Jul 2, 2015

More than 100 people are vying for a spot on the panel that will select members of Cleveland’s new Community Police Commission. The list of potential candidates submitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office includes judges, social activists, religious leaders, lawyers and professors.

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Protesters from Greene County Black Lives Matter faced bitter temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Friday afternoon to meet with U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of Ohio's Southern District about the case of John Crawford III. Six members of the group personally delivered a stack of letters to Stewart while others waited outside.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl acknowledges issues with diversity within the city's police department.
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Despite efforts to address racial disparities within its ranks, the Dayton Police Department hasn't increased the percentage of black officers. 

A 2008 lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice found the Dayton police and fire departments engaged in hiring practices that discriminated against African Americans. The criticisms focused on written and physical tests that were eliminating African-American candidates.

Dayton Police Chief, Richard Biehl, says there were problems with the testing.

Cleveland Police Pummeled By Feds' Report

Dec 5, 2014
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Mayor Frank Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta and U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach were all present at a press conference Thursday announcing the DOJ's f
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Eighteen months ago, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson vehemently rejected state claims that the city’s police department has “systemic” problems. But on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department used the same term, and the mayor embraced a plan to overhaul the department after a nearly two-year review.

The U.S. Justice Department studied nearly 600 incidents dating back to 2010. Investigators rode with officers, waded through paperwork and interviewed everyone from city leaders to homeless people. What they found indicated the problem goes beyond just a few bad cops.