Monday, November 13, 2000

Calls for action arise from rally

2 on council want profiling banned

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Labaka Oba carries a faux warning sign in front of City Hall.
(Michael E. Keating photos)
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        Two Cincinnati City Council members today will ask that the city take formal steps to prohibit racial profiling by police.

        In a special meeting, council members Minette Cooper and Paul Booth will ask that the city establish legislation or regulations against profiling. They'll also ask that a hot line be set up for citizens who believe they have been victims of profiling.

        The two were among African-American leaders who spoke Sunday at a rally downtown in response to the deaths of two black men last week in incidents involving police.

Kim Owensby, aunt of one of two men who died at police hands last week, comforts Alison Turner, Roger Owensby's cousin, at Sunday's rally.
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        Family members of the two men, Roger Owensby and Jeffrey Irons, were among the crowd of about 300 people at Cincinnati City Hall. The rally was organized by the Cincinnati branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

        African-American leaders Sunday urged the community to respond to the deaths not just with outrage, but with action. Among initiatives planned:

        • Asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the police division.

        • Establishing a fund to file a class-action lawsuit against the city. “This killing will not stop until it costs the city money,” the Rev. Da mon Lynch Sr. said at the rally.

        • Urging city leaders to hold accountable the officers involved in the deaths.

        • Boycotting downtown businesses south of Central Parkway to the river during the holidays. Cincinnati Black United Front proposed the boycott.

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