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Monday, February 11, 2008

Thomas: I won't denounce Caton promotion

UPDATED, Feb. 12, 10:45 a.m.: Chris Smitherman issued this release, about this article:

Dear Membership and Community,

I wanted to put some context on the article below for those of you on our email list who are outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Councilman Cecil Thomas is a former Cincinnati Police Officer, Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee, and an African American Male.

As the Chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee he has the power to do much more.

Christopher Smitherman
Cincinnati NAACP President

Jane Prendergast reports:

Cincinnati NAACP President Christopher Smitherman will get another chance Tuesday to tell city officials why he objects to the promotion of an officer involved in a suspect’s death.

City Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee, led by Chairman Cecil Thomas, a former police officer, will hold a hearing Tuesday on a pending resolution written after NAACP members filled council chambers Jan. 30 to oppose the promotion of Patrick Caton to sergeant.

The crowd opposed to the promotion asked council to denounce the promotion. They also asked that Caton be put on desk duty pending two psychological exams and that the officer’s every interaction with an African-American be monitored.

The resolution, presented by Councilwoman Roxanne Qualls, doesn’t do any of those things. Instead, it urges council to study what might be done to improve the system that allowed the promotion, including civil service rules, union contract negotiations and state law.

Thomas says he’s not going to denounce the promotion either, pointing out the city already did what it could through the courts to fire Caton.

“I’m not going to go back through all that,” he said. “I’m not going to even entertain that discussion.”

Smitherman will be the only one to speak on the issue, Thomas said, but he’ll be given “plenty of time.”

“We just have to move forward,” he said.

Caton was acquitted of assault in the 2000 death of Roger Owensby Jr., an incident for which the city ultimately paid $6.5 million to Owensby’s family. The city fired him, but was forced to rehire him in 2006 after courts upheld an arbitrator’s decision that a five-day suspension was the appropriate punishment. Caton was promoted last month based on his score of an exam he took last year.

He works third shift out of District 5, which covers much of the area around the University of Cincinnati as well as Northside, Winton Hills and College Hill.


at 9:01 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lay off Thomas!

We here at Bold Endeavors support him within our hearts!


at 9:07 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous anonymouscowardunlikebravecapell said...

meanwhile Steven Roach has been an exemplary policeman in the village of Evendale garnering the Officer of the Year in his 1st year of service there.
it's amazing what working in a community without droopy-drawered thugs running down dark alleys can do for someone.

at 9:14 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you expect? "Do Nothing Thomas" really is dumb as he looks.

at 9:17 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman what are you doing to lower the homicide rate in Cincinnati?. You just run your mouth and try to create a power base so you can run for city council. You don't have the courage to put on a uniform and be a police officer for Cincinnati.I salute those who put on the uniform every day and go out there to make a difference and to protect the citizens of Cincinnati.

at 9:42 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous A Concerned Reader said...

Anon 9:07,

If Steven Roach is such a great officer, why did he lie to CPD internal investigators during the probe into the Thomas shooting. Even Chief Streicher said Roach should've been fired if Roach hadn't been so cowardly and quit first.

Roach is not a good example of a police officer. Too bad professional standards are so lax in Evendale.

at 9:44 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a waste of time. Smitherman and Racism, Inc. are such losers. Those who make a difference wear Blue. Those who ruin the community wear baggy pants and whine about make believe racism when THEY are the Racists!

at 10:09 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


(Patrick, Cecil, Joe, Mike- no last names needed)

Impunity means to think that you are exempt from the law. You feel that no criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings can be brought against you. You feel that your crime is not subject to any inquiry that might lead to your being accused, arrested, tried. You believe that you will never be found guilty, sentenced to appropriate penalties or ordered to make reparations to your victims.

at 10:11 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not Officer Caton back on desk duty. Last time he was on desk duty don't you remember he screwed up the city immpound lot. Only to be rushed out of desk duty to be caught on a cruiser cam yelling racial slurs on a police response in over-the-rhine. We dont need Caton screwing up another junk yard. Just say no to desk duty.

at 10:33 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad I do not live in Cincinnati! What an embarrassment your collection of elected idiots are. They pander for the votes of the scum and rightfully represent them. The same goes for the NAACP. They exist to cause problems, not solve them. I wonder how much in taxes are paid by Smitherman's constituents, or what they do to lower crime rates? They will ruin Cincinnati like they have ruined many of the formerly nice suburbs.

at 11:15 AM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Uncle Thomas.

at 11:40 AM, February 11, 2008 Blogger The Great Stephen Dapper said...

Second post, thanks for info, I’ll be on the look out for “droopy-drawered” that are certain to start hanging out in Hamilton County Court House restrooms, leastwise when Evendale officers are in court, it’s now apparent to become officer of the year in that exemplary “droopy-drawered less” community, one must leave his weapon after taking care of urget business in men’s restroom before returning to court.

at 12:06 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas should be sure to ask Smitherman what he did or did not do while on Council to get rid of binding arbitration and adopt home rule for civil service so as to prevent Caton's opportunity for promotion.

at 12:42 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Rodney King said...

Can't we all just get along ?

at 12:59 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

More grandstanding from Christopher Smitherman the political failure who couldn't even retain his own city council seat for a second term! Now Cecil Thomas is what black leadership truly is.

at 5:03 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smithermann is the worst thing for this city right now, period. He just won't stop trying to victimize blacks and let them take care of their own business. Of course any negative action towards someone who's black means the person is a racist.

Smithermann is giving the NAACP way worse of a name than ever before. Shame on him.

at 6:43 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous wwjd said...

I challenge the Enquirer to boldly put inquiring minds to rest. Was Roger Ownensby Jr a criminal? Was he even the person the police were looking for? Not a small backpage article, as you did before. Most of your readers probably did not see it, or else they would not be grouping Roger Owensby Jr with gun toting thugs running our streets. Why did the police quickly seize the video showing a compliant Mr. Owensby with the police officers? Why were the police officers on video highfiving, bragging, and laughing about how bad they had just beaten a person? All of this on video. Ask the firefighters of Engine Co 8 that responded for medical assistance what they thought of a cleaned up scene. I would not question every action of a police officer when dealing with the public. We know that there is a criminal element in our society. Those of us that have any spiritual/moral integrity are questioning a handful of incidents that have resulted in something tragic.

at 8:59 PM, February 11, 2008 Blogger cathywrites said...

Challenging this promotion is demonstrating a care for the community at large AND the community of officers. The challenge should be welcomed and viewed as an opportunity to expand our ability to promote the MOST trustworthy candidates for the benefit of ALL of us!

at 11:35 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous xcpdpo said...

What..?Pat Caton got promoted? Glad to hear it....Good luck Pat...I must be out of the loop...Ive been too busy spending my money in Kentucky to know.

at 12:46 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and an African American male."

If a White person wrote that s/he'd be pilloried as playing a race card.

Just another day at the (Charter Committee) office for Good Ole Boy Smitherman, though. (I read somewhere that's not racist; oh yeah, it was in Smitherman's LAST "Dear Membership and Community"screed regarding Si Leis).

at 2:46 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck to Officer Caton and Officer Roach

at 12:38 AM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger Owensby Jr. was a criminal. He would have ended up getting shot by another black male at some point in the future anyway. The Owensby family hit the lottery when Roger was placed into police custody. So shut up already, Roger Sr. and Chris Blitherman.

Congrats to Sergeant Pat Caton. Keep up the good work. The tax-paying, law-abiding citizens of Cincinnati support you.

at 8:37 AM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christopher Smitherman found out yesterday at city council that he DOES NOT speak for all black people. When Councilman Thomas asked the community if the public was willing to give their time to Smitherman to speak on behalf of them they replied with an outstanding NO! The black people who came to speak at council demanded to speak for themselves proving Smitherman is only a representative and black leader IN HIS OWN MIND!

at 2:19 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smitherman didn't ask to speak on behalf of the Black community...Cecil Thomas attempted to designate Smitherman in that capacity. Smitherman didn't complain or object about having two minutes like everyone else...as a matter of fact, I believe that was his goal: to make sure the community was heard on the issue. Thomas attempted to silence free speech, not Smitherman.

at 7:34 PM, February 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Pat. It is a long time coming and well deserved. What a shame this city continues to perpetuate feelings of hate and racism. Hopefully, the readers and viewers of the media will understand how much information is reported incorrectly or incompletely. Cincinnati, if you want a change, start with yourself.

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