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The police shooting of Black men — culminating with the death of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas — sparked days of civil unrest in Cincinnati in 2001. Protests, in some cases, turned destructive. More than 800 people were arrested for violating a curfew imposed by the mayor. An economic boycott put a financial dent in Downtown events.

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Since the 2001 civil unrest, changes to policing in Cincinnati have served as a national model. In 2002, the city of Cincinnati signed the Collaborative Agreement and declared community problem-oriented policing would be the strategy for police services in the city. The strategy shifted the focus to prevention. Cincinnati has seen a dramatic reduction in use of force and arrests over the past 20 years, which mirrors a national trend.

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Federal officials have asked a judge to re-open discussion about the 1981 consent decree regulating diversity at the Cincinnati Police Department.

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Cincinnati could host an expansion of the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center under Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed state budget. DeWine spoke to Cincinnati council members at the Law and Public Safety Committee Tuesday.

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2020 was a deadly year in the U.S. The homicide rate rose 30% in 34 of America's biggest cities. Cincinnati broke records with 94 homicides by year's end. The Cincinnati Police Department broke another record, for the most guns recovered in a single year.

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Cincinnati council members may be voting soon to limit how and when the police department can use no-knock warrants. But whether the council has the authority to make those limitations is up for debate. And the police department has been mostly mum on the issue. But a collection of 15 years of data on no-knock warrants show they have been mostly issued in historically Black neighborhoods and Black people are most often arrested.

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An officer shortage at the Cincinnati Police Department is expected to get worse over the next couple of years. Chief Eliot Isaac told the Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday that there are currently 990 sworn officers.

"We expect to fall to about 938 by the time the class graduates in March of '22," Isaac said. "If this class is 50, that will still put us about 71 officers below our authorized complement."

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Update: Data for January 2020 was not available by press time. 

Protests throughout the summer of 2020 demanded the national spotlight focus on the separate and unequal reality Black and white people face when it comes to policing. Cincinnati is not immune to that reality. It recently released reports about marijuana-related infractions in the city that show indecencies among racial lines.

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Cincinnati's fire and police departments are millions of dollars over budget, largely because of pandemic challenges. The city manager's office presented a budget monitoring report to a City Council committee Monday.

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Cincinnati police officers are heading to Washington D.C. to help out during the inauguration on Jan. 20. Chief Eliot Isaac says his force will be ready here, too.

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UPDATE 12/16/20: Cincinnati City Council unanimously voted in favor of the issue Wednesday.

The city of Cincinnati and the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract extension. Salary increases are included, but major changes to grievance procedures and police records could be on the way.

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Karen Rumsey describes herself as the Cincinnati Police Department's best kept secret since 2014. A secret because many people do not know about her job as a social worker with the department and her outreach efforts with the victims of violent crime.

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The Cincinnati Police Department has been undergoing technology upgrades in an effort to provide more transparency, efficiency, and ultimately, solve more crimes, officials say.

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Eighty-five Cincinnati Police officers are piloting a restraint device that wraps up suspects in a kind of Spiderman-like cord.

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A Cincinnati Council committee heard testimony last week about the Cincinnati Police Department's gun range in Evendale and its negative impact on Lincoln Heights. Along with noise pollution, there is likely significant lead pollution on the gun range and the possibility of lead poisoning nearby.

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A Cincinnati City Council committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday evening to discuss the police department's gun range in Evendale. 

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It's been 18 years since Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement was signed and two years since a refresh. With the nation's racial climate much different, new groups want a say in the way policing is done in Cincinnati, and parties to the original lawsuit say these new groups should be heard.

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During a City Council meeting Tuesday, the City Manager's Office said it wants to partner up with Cincinnati Public Schools in order to promote the Safe and Healthy Schools Program. The program allows for temporary school facilities to operate around the city in order to provide safe in-person instruction. However, Assistant City Manager John Juech said they haven’t heard back from CPS.

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Cincinnati has been dealing with a significant increase in shootings and homicides. But some residents told a City Council committee Tuesday that smaller violations are plaguing their neighborhoods.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Interim City Manager Paula Boggs Muething and Police Chief Eliot Isaac are asking City Council for $1 million to address a recent spike in gun violence in some neighborhoods. 

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A Cincinnati police officer filed a lawsuit against four people, alleging their social media posts and complaints to the Citizens Complaint Authority falsely portrayed him as a racist and white supremacist after he made the "OK" gesture in public at City Hall.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is tracking an alarming increase in the number of homicides and shootings in the city for 2020.

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On today's show, we take a look at how the Cincinnati Police Department has responded to 101 recommendations. Enquirer reporter Max Londberg is with us.

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Cincinnati's Law and Public Safety Committee voted on a series of proposals Tuesday to reform the police department by holding it accountable and making it more transparent. The full council could pass the measures in the next month.

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The Cincinnati Black United Front (CBUF) says achieving bias-free policing is only possible if the public knows the race of the people arrested. The organization wants that information entered into the public portal Cincy Insights so it can analyze it.

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Cincinnati's city manager said Tuesday that so far, the city has spent $426,361 on overtime for the protests and demonstrations for George Floyd in Downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and some nearby neighborhoods.

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People arrested by Cincinnati Police for violating the city's recent curfew will not have the charges against them dismissed. But they could soon have options to avoid prosecution.

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Cincinnati has seen a rise in violence since the coronavirus pandemic started in March, and the subsequent statewide stay-at-home order that caused some residents to stay inside and not be on the streets in their communities.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is tracking an increase in violent crime this year. 

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Cincinnati's Health commissioner reported there are now 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city, and that includes four positive test results returned Tuesday.

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