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Community leaders upset over chief's ouster

Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW file) Jeffrey Blackwell (FOX19 NOW file)
WINTON HILLS, OH (FOX19) -

Community members from some of Cincinnati's toughest streets are not happy with City Manager Harry Black's decision to fire former Chief Jeffery Blackwell.

"The chief actually took interest and was often out here in the community. So I don't think he should have been fired,” said Winton Hills Community Council Interim President, Nikki Steele.

Wednesday was the first time the Winton Hills Community Council and residents gathered in years in an effort to have more of a voice for the community. The once-defunct group is looking to move forward, and isn't happy about the firing.

They fear Blackwell's ouster will do more bad than good.

"If you don't have the trust between the police officers and the chief in your community, it's kind of going all downhill from there," said council Treasurer, Nakia Feagin. 

On the streets of Over-The-Rhine, which has been at the center of violence in some areas, residents also disagree with Blackwell's termination.  

"He was mending things, he was bringing things together as far as the community," said Rick Hill.

Some residents aren't sure what to expect and hope crime doesn't worsen.

"I'm really scared now, because they fired a good man. He was a really good man,” said Benita Robinson of Winton Hills.

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