Examining Issue 24

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On November 2nd, Cleveland voters will vote on Issue 24—a charter amendment that would bring significant changes to police accountability in the city. This very issue drew some of the starkest distinctions between candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley during the recent Cleveland Mayoral debate we hosted in partnership with Ideastream Public Media.

But what is Issue 24 actually about?

Those in favor believe there must be civilian oversight of police conduct investigations—a change to regain the trust of the public and improve transparency of the department.

Those against cite concerns about placing power into the hands of unelected civilians—which could steer officers away from the sector and undermine safety.


Subodh Chandra
Founder and Managing Partner, The Chandra Law Firm LLC

Johnny E. Hamm
Cleveland Resident and Police Captain

Prentiss Haney
Co-Executive Director, Ohio Organizing Campaign

Barbara Langhenry
Director of Law, City of Cleveland

Mark Naymik
3News Reporter, wkyc

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