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Friday, February 01, 2008

NAACP: Qualls resolution not enough

Kimball Perry reports:

Christopher Smitherman is at it again.

The controversial head of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP sent out a mass e-mail today – including to the Enquirer – about the city promoting Cincinnati Police Sgt. Patrick Caton.

Over the last few weeks, Caton again has become a lightning rod and a symbol of the city’s state of race relations.

Council Member Roxanne Qualls has submitted a resolution calling for the city to hold its police officers "to the highest possible standards for conduct and behavior" after Caton’s controversial promotion to sergeant this month.

Qualls resolution came after dozens went to City Hall earlier this week to complain that Caton was promoted to sergeant after Roger Owensby Jr. died in 2000 while in custody of Caton and Officer Robert "Blaine" Jorg.

Many who spoke out at this week’s council meeting wondered how an officer can be promoted after having someone die while in his custody and after being fired.

The answer is that Caton was acquitted of crimes in connection with Owensby’s death, was reinstated to his job by an arbitrator and was promoted after passing a test. After passing that test, the city – under its contract with the Fraternal Order of Police – had to promote Caton as it would anyone else who passed the test.

An outraged Smitherman spearheaded the movement to speak at city hall this week.

Today, Smitherman applauded Qualls’ resolution but said it needs more meaning.

"This resolution is not strong enough (and) we need all of you to call and lobby council and the mayor to produce a product that represents our community’s complete dissatisfaction with the promotion of Officer Caton to sergeant after his involvement with the murder of Roger Owensby Jr.," Smitherman wrote in today’s e-mail.

To hammer home his point, Smitherman included two attachments with the e-mail.

One was a poem from the dead man’s daughter to her father, the other contained only two pictures of Owensby.

"I have enclosed a picture of Roger Owensby Jr. before and after meeting Officer Caton," Smitherman noted.

One picture shows a live Owensby, the other a dead Owensby in the hospital after his arrest, his face bruised and swollen.

The pictures didn’t bother Roger Owensby Sr. He’s glad Smitherman sent them.

"I want people to see what some police – I’m not saying all police – will do in the name of the law and get away with it," Owensby Sr. said today from his North Carolina home.

Owensby saw the photos today and they brought back haunting memories.

"It hurts me (to see pictures of his dead son) but it makes me wish that people would see this and hope this doesn’t happen to another family," the father said.

"Maybe his death will bring somebody up there (in Cincinnati) enlightenment so they can get rid of bad officers."

Caton has rejected all attempts by the Enquirer to seek comment from him.


at 5:24 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things have changed Roxy.

You can't get away with that meaningless pablum anymore!

at 5:39 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their hands are tied by the union contract - not civil service law. The people to belobbied is the Union, the Union, the Union.
The Union needs to address the problem of employees who give them a bad name, cost them exorbinant sums of money, and put the Union in a bad position politically, legally and in the public eye of evaluation.

March on the union and demand changes that represent the interests of both the employees and all the other members of the community belonging and supporting unions who believe in justice and fairness for ALL - not just security for a wayward union member.

I think the Union should hold a vote on whether to support Jorg in this endeavor.

I think all the other Unions should chastise the police union for having an overbearing contract that denies the rest of their members integrity and respect in their jobs.

Amend the union contract

at 5:40 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jorge is the white OJ. This was all a set up by the prosecutor's office who failed miserably in their charge to deliver justice -- march on Dirty Deeds Deter's Office.

at 7:15 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman should be thanking Sergeant Caton and every Officer and Deputy he sees who have the courage to protect the citizens of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
I hate to think what would happen if we had to rely on Smitherman and the NAACP to protect us.
Look what Smitherman and the NAACP have done to curb the black on black violence.
Call them the next time you need help.

at 7:18 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman will never be satisfied because this isn't about justice, it's about Smitherman and his climb up the civil rights pole.

at 8:27 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap - we can't even decide who we're going to castrate for this "murder" - Union, Caton, Jorg, Deters, Roxanne, all whitey-cops. Heck, didn't $6 Million-dollar man (Owensby, Sr) have some responsibility in this too?

Step up Mayor Zero and calm this thing down! Bad joke.

at 9:23 PM, February 01, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owensby Sr. said today from his North Carolina home.

Oh, OK. Now I've got my answer as to where the bogus scholarship money ended up.

I was going to vote for Rox in November, & at the last minute I decided not to without a reason. I guess I've got it now. This is another one along the lines of Laketa Cole, who will never get my vote.

This City Council had better wake up. A whole contingency of voters elected them to office to serve our best interests, not bow to the will of the idiotic nonsense of the NAACP.

Sorry about Smitherman's luck if he doesn't like what was tossed on the table. I don't recall him being on my ballot, & he doesn't represent EVERYONE in this city.

Gosh, will someone, anyone, paste a good length of duck tape across that lawn ornament's mouth??? Enough of the racist psycho babble!!

at 10:21 PM, February 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

..and Mayor Mallory is...missing in action...again

at 9:58 AM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous anonymouscowardunlikebravecapell said...

if Caton were black not a peep would be made by Smitherman...it's all about "git whitey".

at 10:08 AM, February 03, 2008 Blogger kyle said...

nope things have not changed in the city of cincinnati... we still have the clown smitherman praising a parent raising a drug dealing son. We still have smitherman placing ALL the blame on cops, and none on the drug dealer.. CHris, if owensby was a law abiding citizen, would he still be alive right now? Dont play the race card as there are hundreds of thousands law abiding blacks in the city that are still alive for that very reason!!!

at 1:13 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that people like Smitherman do not care about race relations.

People like him try to keep relations as poor as possible because if his followers woke up and realized that very few people care about race any more (and the ones that do are usually marginalized by their own rhetoric and actions), then he wouldn't have anything to do.

This nation has tried to move past the notion of racism, but people like Smither fight to keep it alive because it is their industry - they make money off the backs of people they try to victimize.

The true racists are people like Smitherman who fight with all they they have to keep it alive. Racism is evil, and so is Smitherman.

at 4:56 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman is the worst possible thing for the black community. How can they stand him to keep doing this garbage? As previous posts mentioned, it is SO obvious that were Owensby white or the cops black and this exact same situation happened, he would say NOTHING!

And as the previous person mentioned, it is SMITHERMAN who is the RACIST here.

at 6:32 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christopher Smitherman is a disgrace to the city of Cincinnati! This political failure cares nothing about justice all he cares about is getting his ugly mug on television and furthering his (non)existing political career. Maybe someone should do a little digging into Mr. Smitherman's past since he refuses to leave the past well enough alone as with the case of Patrick Caton. Take a look into his financial affairs, his business dealing and his alleged extra martial affairs and let's see if he's as squeaky clean and upstanding as he portrays himself to be.
Don't cough too hard Mr. Smitherman a skeleton bone just might fly out of your mouth!

at 8:28 PM, February 03, 2008 Anonymous Modd Kenwood said...

Smitherman and his zeal to keep race relations boiling over are just another indicator that it's time for me to leave the city and Hamilton County just as soon as my son graduates from school next year.
Thanks for the motivation,Chris.
Cincinnati is a wreck and YOU want to demolish it as quickly as I want to get out of it...enjoy your sick victory without me and my family.

at 12:48 PM, February 04, 2008 Anonymous Payne said...

Re: Officer Caton. I am an older white man retireed from the military. I thing is is terribly sad that Mr. Owensby died. I don;t believe that officer Caton killed him on purpose. He was a casualty of war. The war on crime is a violent affair involving dangerous physical contact. In my youth, I studied martial arts, and I know how easy it is to kill or seriously
hurt people. In restraining people, things like this can happen.

Because of the violent atmosphere in the inner cities, police are suspicious and afraid. They are human, just like you and me. Sometimes they overreact. Also, there are some bad cops, most however are brave individuals who will put their lives on the line for us. They never get credit for this. They certainly don't get paid enough to risk their lives.
If the violence in the inner cities was not so pervasive and brutal, the police would probably be reacting differently to situations. If Mr. Smitherman would focus on ideas to lower the crime rate in Cincinnati, is would be a much more positive use of his considweable energy. The NAACP as well should be in the forefront of such efforts, but they haven't been. The police is not the enemy. White people are not the enemy. The collapse of values in the inner cities is the enemy. This applies to all races. We all need to work together. We are all Americans. This divisiveness is ruining our society. WE need to all wake up.

at 9:01 AM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, Smitherman!

Haven't you gotten it through your racist skull yet that City Council can't do a thing about this?

If you haven't, then you're even less intelligent than I thought.

If you have, then it merely proves the point that you are only after headlines and publicity, not "justice".

Either way, it makes you look pretty pathetic.

at 2:31 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Harold Schuler said...

If Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, does that mean that the NAACP can be abolished?

at 7:43 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Citizens of Cincinnati said...

Congratulations Sergeant Canton, on your well-deserved promotion.

We're counting on you to keep the black thugs in check. Give the black criminals of Cincinnati a bear hug from the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Cincinnati. Squeeze...real...tight...

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