Cincinnati city leaders react to Baton Rouge police shooting

Cincinnati city leaders react to Baton Rouge police shooting

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - City leaders in Cincinnati are sending out their condolences and prayers to those affected by the Baton Rouge Police shooting.

"First thing that I thought, I thought oh no. The loss of life unnecessarily is always horrifying," said City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson.

Though Baton Rouge is hundreds of miles away from the Queen City, the news of three slain police officers still hits home.

"We're sorry to wake up this morning and to see on television that we've had another senseless shooting of police officers," said City Manager Harry Black.

In a press release Sunday, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said: "The Cincinnati Police Department expresses our deepest sympathies to the officers and families impacted by this latest tragedy in Baton Rouge. We will continue to make every effort to keep our officers safe and the community at large."

Cincinnati police said remain committed to protecting the community. But, at the same time, they worry the attacks on police signal a new national trend - one that will undoubtedly push officers to leave the profession.

"It's very scary to think that while we're out here doing our jobs, we're out here trying to protect lives, people want to push a narrative that we're out here to take lives when it's exactly the opposite," said Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Daniel Hils. "We're trying to protect lives."

One Cincinnati city councilman, Chris Smitherman, talked with the police chief Sunday morning about officers' safety.

The department just moved away from having pair up for safety reasons, with two officers in cruisers after the Dallas police shootings.

Now, in light of the Baton Route shooting, he said the agency most likely will go back to the two-person system in light of the recent shooting.

He is calling for a full-time Cincinnati police SWAT team. The current one operates on a part-time, call-up basis.

"We've moved now to a position, a discussion in Cincinnati, that we need to think about having a full time swat team beyond responding to incidents, but so many soft targets like the Flying Pig, the Oktoberfest, the Pride Parade," Smitherman said Sunday.

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