Friday, November 10, 2000

Deaths show bad judgment, leaders say

        The deaths of two suspects within 24 hours this week show an ongoing pattern of poor judgment by Cincinnati police officers, some Cincinnati African-American leaders said Thursday. They cited these previous incidents as evidence:

        • The fatal shooting in February 1997 of Lorenzo Collins, an escaped mental patient who was shot by police after he charged them with a brick. This incident prompted the creation last year of the Citizens Police Review Panel, a diverse group of volunteer citizens, assigned to review police and city investigations into police uses of force.

        • The death of Michael Carpenter, the Mount Airy man shot to death by officers in March 1999 during a confrontation that began as a traffic stop. The death caused an uproar among some in the city's African-American community and prompted a federal investigation into the officers' use of force. After eight months, prosecutors concluded they did not have enough evidence to show Officer Brent McCurley used excessive force, which would have been a violation of Mr. Carpenter's civil rights.

Deaths raise call for federal probe
- Deaths show bad judgment, leaders say

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