Cincinnati Police Monitor

Police officials deny breaching Justice Department agreement

A federal magistrate is looking into the widening rift between the Cincinnati Police Department and its court-appointed monitors. Monitor Saul Green reported last week that police officials are not fully cooperating with an investigation of department policy and training procedures. He says police officials have refused access to documents requested by his staff, and refused to let a staffer ride with police to inspect locations where drug deals were known to take place. In the city's response yesterday, Police Chief Thomas Streicher and Assistant Chief Richard Janke disputed the monitor's accounts. The monitor's report is being handled by US Magistrate Michael Merz. He scheduled a meeting today with both sides.