Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Experts reviewing the case

        This team of lawyers and police experts is expected today to begin reviewing the Cincinnati Police Division for possible civil-rights violations:

        • Shanetta Brown Cutlar, attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Litigator in the 1997 case United States v. Michigan, which alleged that the state's prison system violated women's constitutional rights by failing to provide appropriate medical and mental-health care, and for subjecting them to sexual misconduct. A settlement agreement resulted in mandated training, screening, inmate education and reporting of sexual misconduct allegations.

        • Jim Eichner, attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Has been involved in the civil-rights investigation in Columbus, where the city is fighting the government's proposed consent decree in court.

        • Rachel Burgess, former deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She led the formation of the Gay and Lesbian Sheriff's Conference Committee in 1988 after hate crimes rose in West Hollywood.

        • Charles Gruber, police chief in South Barrington, Ill., a Chicago suburb. Former chief in Elgin, Ill.; Quincy, Ill.; and Shreveport, La. Has been an expert witness and consultant in use of deadly force, employment discrimination, psychological screening of officers, retention of known unfit employees, discipline standards, internal affairs and pursuits. Former president, International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1990; chairman, U.S. Attorney General's Rural Crime Committee, 1982-1986. Member of the National Committee to Prevent Wrongful Executions.

        • Dennis Nowicki, former police chief in Charlotte, N.C., and Joliet, Ill. Now a consultant to the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence. Has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, civil rights division; the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the National Institute of Justice. Director of the Center for Public Service and Leadership at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte.

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