CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A second mistrial in the murder case against a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a black motorist is troubling the leader of a group of African-American officers.
Cincinnati Police Officer Eddie Hawkins works directly with the youth in the community.
" As a Father and an uncle of 17-year-old Black Males, I am trying to find the words to clearly articulate what happened and why, providing only truthful answers," Hawkins wrote in a prepared statement Saturday that he also posted to Facebook.
"This is where I find myself at an uncomfortable place – Truth. What is the truth?
"Why is this officer not being held accountable for his actions? Clearly he exercised bad tactics, and bad tactics should not cause a person to lose their life. We challenge people in the communities to hold themselves accountable for their actions and we are no different?
"Why have twelve jurors, not once but twice, who are considered our peers been unable to hold an individual accountable for their actions?
"Why is it that our community is divided in even understanding the importance of this trial and being upset, regardless of race? How do I answer their questions? How will you?
"Today, at this very moment I have more questions than answers, more shame than pride and more disappointment than approval.
"What I do know is that we have to find a method to address these wrongs. Regardless of our course of action, it must be carried out in a peaceful manner with a common goal of finding justice in what appears to be a large injustice.
"We must take the measures to ensure a safe and secure environment but equally important we must work together to hold people accountable and ensure our community, our city, our officers and our judicial system is free from racism and treats matters fairly.
"I have just as many questions as everyone else in this community should have," he wrote.
"If you don't question what is going on in our city, you may want to consider yourself part of the problem."