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This is WVXU's special series from April 2021 looking back at the civil unrest of 2001 on the 20th anniversary of the police killing of Timothy Thomas, a young Black man, that led to remarkable change in the city of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Edition's Weeklong Special On The 2001 Civil Unrest

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Crowds protest outside District 1 on April 9, 2001.

It was 20 years ago that Cincinnati captured the attention of the nation and the world after the killing of a 19-year-old at the hands of police. Timothy Thomas was the 15th Black citizen killed by police since 1995 and tension boiled over into the streets.

All this week, we revisit the 2001 Cincinnati civil unrest, ask questions of the people who were there and examine how the events of those days in April changed our city and brought about policing reforms that have served as a national model.

Joining Cincinnati Edition are Terry Thomas, younger brother to Timothy Thomas; Cincinnati Black United Front Member and Collaborative Agreement Project Manager Iris Roley; and Former Cincinnati Mayor and Calfee, Halter and Griswold Senior Counsel for Government Relations Charlie Luken.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.