Cincinnati police reassigning 50-plus officers to fight violence

Published: Jun. 3, 2015 at 2:06 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2015 at 3:54 PM EDT
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More than 50 Cincinnati police officers will be reassigned and put on patrol to try to quell violence with shootings at a 10-year high, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday.

It's not clear when the reassignments will occur, but City Manager Harry Black has given Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell until Friday to come up with an anti-violence plan.

Community leaders also are expected to announce crime initiatives at an 11 a.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church, 1580 Summit Rd.

State Rep. Alicia Reece, who also is the president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Damon Lynch, Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young, President /CEO of Community Action Agency Gwen Robinson-Benning and Bishop Bobby Hilton, president of Greater Cincinnati Chapter of National Action Network, are expected to attend.

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