Cincinnati Police Monitor

Magistrate: City has violated court-supervised agreement

A federal magistrate says Cincinnati has violated terms of a police reform agreement. The magistrate's ruling yesterday means Cincinnati could be forced into a court-ordered plan to achieve goals of working with community activists to improve relations and reduce crime. U.S. Magistrate Michael Merz's ruling will be reviewed next week by federal judge Susan Dlott. Police officials and representatives of a federal court-appointed monitor who is overseeing the five-year agreement have been at odds in recent weeks. Cincinnati signed the deal in 2002, along with a companion agreement in which the U.S. Department of Justice is overseeing police reforms.

The agreements were prompted by Cincinnati's 2001 riots after police fatally shot an unarmed black man wanted on misdemeanor charges when he ran from officers. The officer was later cleared of charges at trial.