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Resource ID: #18785
Subject: Police
Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Date: 2001-06-10



The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on police shootings and bad behavior by officers. The investigation is based on the analysis of a database of about 5,500 use-of-force records. The series resulted from the coverage of the April 2001 Cincinnati riots for "alleged insensitivity and injustice to blacks," triggered by the shooting of an unarmed African American. The investigative team reveals that, before this case, 14 other blacks have been shot by the city police. An examination of hundreds of citizens' complaints from 1997 to 2000 discovers that police officers have been routinely exonerated of misconduct nine times out of ten. The follow-up stories focus on the "summer of violence," which followed the April riots, and during which 107 police shootings were registered.

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