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Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement is 18 years old. The historic policing agreement was negotiated after Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas in 2001. Now, as the nation faces unprecedented protests over police brutality and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black men and women, will the Collaborative Agreement play a new role, and how will it be framed against new calls to defund the police?


The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio will use a million dollar grant to monitor police reforms and investigate claims of police misconduct outside of Cincinnati's city limits. The money will establish the Center for Social Justice at the Urban League, with work expected to launch in mid- to late July.

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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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So, is the nearly two-year-old effort to refresh Cincinnati's 2002 collaborative agreement still working?  That depends on who you ask.

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The man in charge of Cincinnati's collaborative agreement refresh is detailing 2019 goals as the city considers how to work toward bias-free policing.

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The Black United Front, one of the parties to the Collaborative Agreement that tackles ongoing community-police issues, has gone to court. It wants the Citizen Complaint Authority to be able to force police to be interviewed during an investigation.

A number of partners are continuing work to refresh Cincinnati's 2002 collaborative agreement.

That work started in June and has included three community forums, surveys of the community and police officers, and bi-weekly meetings with all the partners.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County are discussing changing the way the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) does business, transferring day-to-day operations to a five-member citizens board. The Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police voted "no confidence" in Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. And the police union plans to take a second vote on whether or not to participate in the Collaborative Agreement review and refresh process.

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The head of the Cincinnati Police union is pulling back from a plan for the Fraternal Order of Police to step away from the table when it comes to refreshing the city's Collaborative Agreement.

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Update 07/26/17: The head of The Sentinel Police Association is taking issue with statements from Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils and a vote Monday evening by FOP members to step away from the Collaborative agreement "refresh" underway in Cincinnati.

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Last Friday Cincinnati leaders announced a proposal to review and refresh the city's Collaborative Agreement, negotiated in 2002. The agreement was put in place following the civil unrest in 2001, after a white Cincinnati police officer, Stephen Roach, shot and killed Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old, unarmed African-American.

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Cincinnati city leaders announced Friday a proposal to "refresh" the racial collaborative policing agreement that was negotiated in 2002.

Mayor John Cranley, City Manager Harry Black and others presented details during a press conference at city hall.

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Fifteen years after the signing of Cincinnati's Collaborative Agreement the U.S. Department of Justice and cities nationwide are looking to the document for guidance to settle and avoid unrest.

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Children are the future of Cincinnati’s collaborative agreement. That was a main theme coming out of a community policing roundtable Wednesday morning.

Leaders from across the city gathered to discuss what’s working and what needs improvement. They agreed the collaborative that came out of the 2001 riots remains a model for the nation, and kids needs to be included.

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Following the fatal shooting of Sam DuBose by then-University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, the university put a team in place to focus on police reform and improved community relations. Criminal justice researcher Dr. Robin Engel has been appointed to the new role of Vice President for Safety and Reform, and UC hired James Whalen as Director of Public Safety and S. Gregory Baker as Director of Police Community Relations.

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UC plans to implement a program similar to the collaborative agreement that governs Cincinnati Police and community relations.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expected in Cincinnati Tuesday. She's slated to meet with Cincinnati Police and others who were involved with the city's collaborative policing agreement, according to attorney Al Gerhardstein.

The deal worked out after the 2001 riots has been widely credited with improving police-community relations in Cincinnati and is being held up as a model following turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and other cities.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has now selected a firm to lead the search for the next city manager.  He said during his weekly press briefing Thursday he met with about seven companies before hiring California-based Ralph Anderson and Associates.  

He said a representative of the search firm will be in town next week to meet with city council members.  

“And help build out a profile for the search,” Cranley said.  “He intends to be out there pounding the pavement looking for candidates at the end of next week or the week after.”