Cincinnati police are
not to blame
In April, the city of Cincinnati was engulfed
in racial riots. The catalyst was the death of a young black man after
a police chase.
Two days after the shooting, the rhetoric
of "Fifteen black men killed since 1995" caused peaceful protests to become
all-out looting and rioting from
April 9 until the end of the month.
To this day, mention the incidents and
the sound bite of "Fifteen black men" will be played. What isn't included
in that statement is the history of the men
or what they did to cause police to shoot
them. It's truly frightening to learn exactly for whom the Cincinnati rioters
took their revenge. Here's a list:
Harvey Price murdered his girlfriend's
15-year-old daughter with an ax. Yep, that's right. He was a bona-fide
ax murderer. He was shot when attacking
police with a knife.
Darryll Price jumped onto cars in traffic
and screamed that he was going to shoot someone. He died under police restraint
because of his own cocaine
Daniel Williams flagged down Officer Kathleen
Conway's cruiser, then shot her four times in an apparent car-jacking attempt.
Conway survived by
Jermaine Lowe led police in a car chase,
then emptied his handgun at them. He died in the shootout. He was a convicted
felon wanted for breaking
parole and armed robbery.
Randy Black robbed a bank, then attacked
a police officer with a two-by-four sporting rusty nails. He died after
the officer fired in self-defense.
James King robbed a bank, fired off a shot
in the bank to prove he meant business, drove through a construction site
and was shot when he pointed his
gun at officers and wouldn't back down.
Carey Tompkins was killed while struggling
with an officer over his handgun. The officer was at the scene in response
to a 911 call about Tompkins'
disorderly conduct, in which he brought
a gun to his girlfriend's home and verbally attacked her.
Alfred Pope had five felony convictions
on his record already when he and a friend robbed and beat three people
in an apartment building. He was
killed when, after a chase, he pointed
his handgun at officers and they fired in self-defense.
Twelve-year-old Courtney Mathis swiped
a relative's car and went for a joyride. When Officer Kevin Crayon stopped
him, the boy threw the car into
reverse and dragged Crayon 800 feet. Crayon
discharged his gun, but died when his head hit another car.
Jeffrey Irons was chased down by police
after he stole from a supermarket. He stole an officer's gun, shot Officer
Tim Pappas and was killed when
Officer Frederick Gilmer opened fire in
Adam Wheeler slammed his apartment door
in the face of an officer investigating a drug complaint, then fired six
bullets through the door. His shots
wounded Officer Craig Gregoire. The return
fire killed Wheeler.
At the time of his death, Wheeler had managed
to accumulate three felony warrants since his release from prison for a
The other four dead black men were not
nearly as bad, but not one was truly blameless in the incidents.
It would be one thing if the police in
Cincinnati were needlessly targeting blacks, but they're not now and they
weren't then. The 11 people just
mentioned deserve no revenge, and certainly
not a racial riot.
But that's what happened. Maybe in the
future, this little bit of knowledge could prevent another riot.