As Cincinnati’s Police Reform Is Hailed, Violence Threatens Chief’s Job


It’s probably not a good sign when a police chief who has been on the job almost two years feels the need to issue a press release announcing he still is the chief. That’s what Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell did last weekend after a tumultuous few days, during which his leadership came into question, his boss spoke to him about whether he should quit, and gun violence escalated, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I am the chief,” Blackwell said in his press release. “I am committed to remaining the police chief of Cincinnati.” The storm now threatening Blackwell’s job has been gathering strength for months. A combination of politics, personality and conflicting styles has been fueling the tempest almost since the day Blackwell arrived. The worst gun violence in many years is increasing public pressure to end it as soon as possible.

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