Monday, April 09, 2001

More answers expected

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        More answers should come today about the fatal shooting of an unarmed man early Saturday in Over-the-Rhine by a Cincinnati police officer.

        Police officials planned a news conference to discuss what happened between Officer Steve Roach and 19-year-old Timothy Thomas at 2:20 a.m. Saturday behind an abandoned building near 13th and Republic streets.

        It is one of the city's heaviest crime areas.

        Members of the civil-rights group Cincinnati Black United Front are expected to question members of City Council's law and public safety committee at its 3 p.m. meeting in City Hall.

        Committee chairman John Cranley said Sunday he plans only to ask for a thorough but expeditious investigation: “People have to have short-term patience.”

        Cincinnati officers are trained that they can shoot if they perceive their lives to be threatened. Officials said Sunday it was too soon to explain why Officer Roach shot in the dark of the blighted neighborhood.

        Mr. Thomas had been running from Officer Roach after being spotted by other officers who knew he was wanted on 14 misdemeanor charges.

        A police union official said the officer thought Mr. Thomas made a move to draw a weapon from his waistband. No gun was found.

        Mr. Thomas had run from officers at least two other times, in July and August of last year.


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