Thursday, March 23, 2000

Officials apologize for officer's remarks

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and Police Chief Thomas Streicher started Wednesday's City Council meeting with public apologies for remarks by Officer Robert J. Hill III.

        The unprecedented move came a day after published reports that Officer Hill referred to Madisonville as a “s---hole.”

        Calling Madisonville a “good and solid neighborhood,” the mayor and police chief apologized for Officer Hill's disparaging remarks.

        Mr. Luken said the remarks were offensive and threaten police-community relations.

        Chief Streicher said he “sincerely apologizes” for what was said and promised to make sure “something like this never happens again.” He said the comments do not reflect the opinion of the department.

        Officer Hill's attorney, Don Hardin, played down the remarks that were made during interviews with the police division's Internal Investigations Unit.

        “I can deal with the fact that some people make mistakes and the comment about Madisonville,” Mr. Hardin said. “Who knows what the surroundings were or what prompted him to say that?”


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