Sunday, December 7, 2003

Chronology of Nathaniel Jones case

Sunday, Nov. 30

5:45 a.m.: Caller at North Avondale White Castle dials 911. City firefighters respond and treat a woman.

5:55 a.m.: Firefighters call police, calling a man there a nuisance.

6-6:03 a.m.: Six police officers struggle with Nathaniel Jones. Jones dies a short time later.

A series of investigationsare launched. Six officers are placed on a seven-day administrative leave.

Evening: City leaders hold news conference and release 911 transcripts and police videotape.


Police videotape is shown on national and international news shows.

Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Carl Parrott finds cocaine and PCP in Jones' system and says Jones had an enlarged heart.

The Cincinnati NAACP and other groups call for Police Chief Tom Streicher's dismissal.

Mayor Charlie Luken supports officers, but asks why firefighters left the scene during the struggle.


Chief Streicher returns from vacation and defends his officers.

The Baptist Ministers Conference describes the struggle as "torture."

Jones' family hires lawyer Ken Lawson.

The U.S. Department of Justice launches a preliminary inquiry.

Police release images from interior and exterior White Castle security cameras.


The coroner says Jones' heart gave out because of the struggle with officers; rules the death a homicide. Jones' high blood pressure, plus cocaine, PCP and methanol contributed.

Fire officials say the firefighter supervising the crew that left the scene will face disciplinary hearing.

More than 500 people crowd into Walnut Hills church to view videotape and question city officials.


Streicher tells the Enquirer he was "shocked'' when he saw the video, but defends officers' actions.

Prosecutors launch their review.


Police union stands behind officers, but criticizes firefighters.


Jones memorialized in five-hour service in Bond Hill.

The Cincinnati African-American Firefighters Association voice outrage over police union's criticism.

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Jones remembered as kind, peaceful
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