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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.

Former FOP President Keith Fangman Says He's Finally Ready To Talk About 2001

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In 2001 when Officer Steven Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas, the Fraternal Order of Police President was an outspoken 36-year-old ready to defend the actions of his officers seemingly at all costs. Fangman went toe to toe with reporters and activists in the community.

But as the years passed, Fangman says he stopped talking to the media about the events of 2001 and refused interviews on the anniversary of Timothy Thomas' death. Now, 20 years later, he says he's finally ready to talk about it again, and discuss how he thinks Cincinnati has changed in the past two decades.

Keith Fangman joins Cincinnati Edition to reflect on his role as the FOP president during 2001 and discuss the killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

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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.