Sunday, July 13, 1997
20 protest at home of cop
cleared in shooting

BY B.G. GREGG
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Maxine Warren holds a 'wanted poster' for Officer Douglas Depodesta during a protest march at the officer's Woodlawn apartment Saturday.
(Saed Hindash photo)
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WOODLAWN - About 20 protesters shouted, "Fifteen police, one man with a brick," and "Desperado, why did you kill me?" as they marched outside a Cincinnati police officer's home Saturday.

The officer, Douglas Depodesta, was the first to fire shots at Lorenzo Collins on Feb. 23, shortly after Mr. Collins escaped University Hospital's psychiatric ward. Mr. Collins, holding a brick, was surrounded by 15 officers when he was fatally shot.

The demonstrators, who call themselves the Black MARCHERS, have objected to the city's finding that cleared Officer Depodesta of any wrongdoing in the shooting. Saturday's demonstration was the first at the officer's home.

"We waited on city council and they have all let us down, and now we are out here doing what we think we need to do," said Nathaniel Livingston Jr., a leader of the group.

"We feel like he should not be able to run away and hide in his suburban apartment. There has to be some type of consequences, even if it is something like public protest." There was no indication that Officer Depodesta was at home during Saturday's protest, but some of his neighbors criticized protesters.

"I think it is amazing they would do this at his home," said Elizabeth Quinn, a neighbor who said she had a difficult time getting to her parking space because of the marchers. "This is very out of control."

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Protesters also noted that Officer Depodesta was one of the arresting officers when Darryll Price, 42, died April 4, 1996. Mr. Price struggled with officers on a Corryville street after exhibiting erratic behavior.

Several members of the Woodlawn Police Department, including Chief Walter Davis, watched Saturday's protest. They did not permit marchers to park in the private parking lot in front of Officer Depodesta's apartment building. Because there was no parking available near the lot, many marchers parked blocks away and walked to the site.

Officers directed traffic around the marchers, forced to protest in the street because there is no public sidewalk in front of Officer Depodesta's home.

Mr. Livingstone said he was unsure whether the Black MARCHERS would hold future protests at Officer Depodesta's home.

He said other Cincinnati Police Division officers could be targets in the future.

Previous stories

COLLINS CASE TO GET PUBLIC REVIEW July 3, 1997
POLICE ORDERED TO CARRY BATONS July 2, 1997
REVIEWS CLEAR POLICE IN COLLINS SHOOTING July 1, 1997
COLLINS CASE IS BEING DISTORTED An Editorial, June 8, 1997
POLICE SUPPORT OFFICERS IN SHOOTINGS June 5, 1997
POLICE UNION, PROTESTERS PLAN DEMONSTRATIONS June 3, 1997
ENOUGH GUILT TO SHARE Laura Pulfer column, June 3, 1997
SHOOT FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER Peter Bronson column, June 1, 1997
COLLINS PROTESTS CONTINUE May 31, 1997
RADIO LINKS ERRATIC IN COLLINS CHASE May 30, 1997
POLICY ON POLICE HOLDS UNCLEAR May 30, 1997
POLICE SUMMARY OF ITS INVESTIGATION May 29, 1997
DIAGRAM OF THE SHOOTING SCENE May 29, 1997
NO CRIME FOUND IN COLLINS SHOOTING May 29, 1997
NINE MINUTES OF CONFUSION: THE SHOOTING OF LORENZO COLLINS May 27, 1997
DIAGRAM RECONSTRUCTING THE EVENTS May 27, 1997
TRAINING, POLICIES AND POLICE ACTION May 27, 1997
WHY DID THE COPS KILL LORENZO? Peter Bronson column, May 25, 1997
BORGMAN CARTOON May 25, 1997
PUSH FOR POLICE REVIEW FEARED May 9, 1997
FBI TO REVIEW COLLINS CASE May 8, 1997
MARCHERS VOW SEASON OF DISRUPTIONS May 5, 1997
PROSECUTORS GET REPORT ON FATAL SHOOTING April 29, 1997
SHOOTING PROTESTERS ALLEGE POLICE BRUTALITY April 17, 1997
DEMONSTRATORS CITE SHOOTING OF MENTAL PATIENT March 24, 1997
BAPTIST MINISTERS PROTEST AGAINST POLICE March 20, 1997
LAWSUIT SEEKS $5 MILLION March 13, 1997
PUNISH POLICE, MARCHERS URGE March 5, 1997
FATAL SHOOTING CONCERNS COMMUNITY March 2, 1997
PROBE: POLICE FIRED FOUR SHOTS AT MAN WITH BRICK Feb. 25, 1997
MAN SHOT BY POLICE AFTER CHASE Feb. 24, 1997