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Teen who struck officer on Fountain Square sentenced to jail

Jy Quynn Britten in court Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW) Jy Quynn Britten in court Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A man convicted of attacking a Cincinnati police officer in a July 4 Fountain Square melee will spend one year behind bars.

Jy Quynn Britten heard blunt statements from Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Shanahan in his sentence hearing Tuesday.

“You’re hanging your head and you’re all sorry today unlike how you’ve behaved in the past, because it’s sentencing time, Judge Shanahan said to Britten.

The 21-year-old is charged with aggravated riot and inducing panic.

In all, eight people were indicted in the attacks that drew Cincinnati police in riot gear to Fountain Square.

The unrest started as a concert at the square ended about 11 p.m. Only eight officers were patrolling the area when people began hurling bottles and fireworks at police.

“You struck a police officer, you contributed to a situation in our city that is a serious embarrassment,” said Judge Shanahan. “I will not tolerate this disrespect to the city of Cincinnati, and more importantly to our law enforcement.”

Officer Roger Noe and Officer Joe Simpson were struck in the face.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called the incident an “event-based problem” and said more officers should have been patrolling the area. 

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