Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Prosecutor wants tough penalties for brawlers

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen intends to make examples out of two men accused of attacking a Cincinnati police officer outside an Over-the-Rhine bar Sept. 15.

        On Friday, he persuaded a grand jury to indict Aaron Caudill, 22, of Fort Thomas, and Eric Jones, 22, of Georgetown, of assault, inciting to violence and aggravated rioting in connection with the incident.

        “It's an intolerable situation,” Mr. Allen said. “It's something that cries out for a message to be sent. We are not going to tolerate having our police officers attacked.”

        Officer Scott Owen, on the force since 1993, was kicked to the ground outside Have A Nice Day Cafe about 2:30 a.m. that Friday. The fall split open the back of his head, requiring a trip to the emergency room, where doctors closed the cut with staples. He missed several days of work.

        “To me, when you strike a uniformed police officer,” Mr. Allen says, “you are demonstrating that you have no respect for an ordered society.”

        If convicted, the men could face 23 to 24 1/2 years in prison.


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