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April 7, 2001: Remembering Timothy Thomas two decades later

Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 5:17 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Timothy Thomas was shot and killed 20 years ago by a Cincinnati police officer.

The 19-year-old’s death on April 7, 2001 sparked riots and protests in the city that proved to be a tipping point in community-police relations.

“That night, not only did Timothy Thomas suffer a bullet to the heart, but this community did as well.”

Timothy’s brother spoke by phone at an event Wednesday night in Over-the-Rhine.

“The first thing I can say is, it’s time to start working together and start sticking together, because it has been 20 years, and a lot of stuff is still going on, and it’s proving a point, that we aren’t sticking together,” he said.

“We aren’t going to look at it like a death anniversary. We are going to look at it like a new day. We are going to start sticking together today.”

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