Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Police officer taken off duty

By Jane Prendergast jprendergast@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer was stripped of his badge and gun Monday after an off-duty encounter with a suspect.

        Officer Joshua Phillips, on the force almost four years, lost his police powers after meeting Monday morning with Lt. Col. Rick Biehl, who is acting chief while Chief Tom Streicher is out of town.

        Officials said they could not elaborate on the allegations because an internal investigation had begun. A report on the incident detailing the time, location and person involved was not yet available, spokeswoman Fran Cihon said.

        Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said Monday he did not know anything about the Phillips case.

        Fraternal Order of Police President Roger Webster could not be reached for comment.

        Officer Phillips, 27, joined the department in July 1998. He worked in District 5 until Monday, and also previously worked in District 3.

        He has at least one previous notation in his personnel file, a March 2000 “administrative insight” counseling session with a supervisor for tactical errors he made during the arrest of a homicide suspect.

        Officer Phillips is a graduate of Lakota High School in West Chester. He studied criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati and previously worked for the Terrace Park Police Department.


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