Friday, April 30, 1999

Sentinels stand behind Shirey's decision

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Sentinel Police Association, Cincinnati's organization of about 250 black police officers, has sent a letter to City Manager John Shirey backing his decision to put two officers involved in a fatal shooting on desk duty.

        The note comes after weeks of feuding between the city manager and the union for the 1,000-member police force, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Queen City Lodge 69.

        The FOP is planning to protest Mr. Shirey's decision with a march Wednesday at City Hall. About 200 union members voted unanimously Monday that they have “no confidence” in Mr. Shirey.

        Mr. Shirey overruled Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr.'s decision to allow Officers Brent McCurley and Michael B. Miller II to return to street duty following the March 19 shooting of Michael Carpenter during a traffic stop.

        The Sentinels will not be joining the protest.

        “We strongly disagree with any assertion that the reassignment of these officers is a form of punishment or an indication of some wrongdoing,” Sentinel President Cecil Thomas wrote.

        Spc. Thomas said he thinks it's best that the officers involved in the Carpenter shooting remain off the streets while the shooting investigation is ongoing.


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