The six Cincinnati police officers who struggled with Nathaniel Jones outside a North Avondale restaurant Sunday range from a rookie to a veteran with more than 23 years of experience. None has been accused of using excessive force and each has a spotless record, according to their personnel files.
Guy V. Abrams
Six Cincinnati police officers have been placed on administrative leave following the death of Nathaniel Jones Sunday. They are from top left, Guy Abrams, James Pike, Joehonny Reese, Jay Johnstone, Baron Osterman and Thomas Slade.
The Western Hills High School graduate has been a Cincinnati police officer since November 1996. He worked as a resident assistant at Talbert House, a halfway house, before joining the force. His last performance report called him a "dependable officer who makes sound choices.''
A Madeira High School graduate, the 41-year-old has been a Cincinnati police officer since 1996. From 1985 to 1992, he served in the U.S. Air Force. His latest performance report calls him an "outstanding beat officer with a working knowledge of his beat and its residents.''
A 30-year-old Withrow High School graduate, Reese has been an officer since December 1998. His most recent performance report says he is "easy to supervise and always willing to assist younger officers."
A graduate of New Richmond High School, the 36-year-old officer earned a criminal justice degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was sworn in June 1998. His latest performance report recommends that he study for a promotion to specialist.
Baron J. Osterman
Least experienced of the six, the 32-year-old St. Leon, Ind., native served in the U.S. Coast Guard until May 2002. Because he was sworn in in January, he has not yet received a performance evaluation. He received a commendation from a citizen whose stolen golf clubs Osterman helped recover.
The 46-year-old Aiken High School graduate has been a police officer since May 1980. He plays the bugle at police funerals. His file contains 33 commendations from citizens and supervisors. He is described in his performance report as "an outstanding role model for new officers.''
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