Six Cincinnati police officers were cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the death of Nathaniel Jones, an intoxicated man who died after a violent struggle with officers trying to arrest him. Chief county prosecutor Mike Allen said yesterday that he will not present the case to a grand jury, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. “My office sees no evidence that any crime was committed by any police officer,” said Allen, a former police officer.
Jones, 41, died Nov. 30 when his enlarged heart gave out after a violent struggle with the officers in the parking lot of a restaurant. The struggle was caught on police videotape and shown repeatedly on national television news. The videotape shows Jones lunging at the officers, who struck him repeatedly with batons.
Jones’ death angered some community members, who said it was another example of an black man dying at the hands of white police officers.