Sunday, February 06, 2000

Last look at Carpenter shooting

Citizens may speak at panel review

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Citizens will have one last official chance Monday to speak out about last year's fatal shooting of Michael Carpenter by Cincinnati police.

        The city's Citizen Police Review Panel will start its Monday meeting by opening the floor to public comment. It is likely to be the last public meeting devoted to review of the controversial shooting.

        A final report on the case is expected by month's end.

        “Public comment will help the panel distill all of the evidence that we have reviewed for the past six weeks,” said Paul DeMarco, one of the panel's seven members. It will “give the public the opportunity to offer specific input on that evidence and on the concerns it raises.”

        The panel's review of the shooting has included visits to the scene and examinations of city and police investigations into the March 19 shooting during a traffic stop in Northside. The panel also has interviewed witnesses from the police and the Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI).

        The seven-member panel is empowered to hold hearings, call witnesses, or simply review investigations by police and OMI in cases in which police have fired their weapons or in cases of allegations of police misconduct.

        Monday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 801 Plum St., Committee Room B. For more information, contact the panel's office at 352-2499.


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