Thursday, October 9, 2003

Mayor urges city action to get cop report released

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken wants the city to appeal a federal magistrate's "gag order" on a report on alleged racial profiling by police.

Calling Monday's order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz "the height of judicial arrogance," Luken said the secrecy surrounding the University of Cincinnati study of police contacts would lead to suspicions that lawyers were "massaging the numbers."

Lawyers in the Collaborative Agreement - a settlement among the city, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge No. 69 - say they need 45 days to review the report.

Luken introduced a motion in City Council on Wednesday to instruct the city solicitor to appeal the order. The mayor said that if he had access to the report, he would defy the court order and release it.

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