Cincinnati’s police union wants to get out of a historic agreement on police reform, saying its officers shouldn’t have to work with an attorney who sues them and a biased federal judge, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. More than 200 officers voted unanimously Monday night to withdraw from the collaborative. Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Keith Fangman said the union would instead implement an anti-crime program with community councils in the city’s 52 neighborhoods.
The collaborative was agreed on to end a lawsuit that alleged decades of officers’ treating black people poorly; now, the case could be reactivated for trial. The union objected to U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott’s statement that civil rights violations by officers “continue to occur” and that “inevitably, they will continue in the future.”
The agreement encourages police interaction with citizens and requires the department to embrace problem-oriented policing, by which officers are supposed to identify the underlying issue causing a particular crime problem and fix it, rather than simply respond to incidents. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said a year ago in a Cincinnati news conference that the resolution of the case should serve as a model for the rest of the country.