Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Police officer
Michael Ammann

Cincinnati Police Officer Mike Ammann inspects a car at 522 E. 12th St. Photo by Michael E. Keating
        After seven years in Over-the-Rhine, 32-year-old Police Officer Michael Ammann has seen his share of crack pipes, prostitution rings, robberies and other vice. You’d expect some kind of disillusionment from someone who has witnessed fatal shootings and seen his beat turned inside-out by unrest.

        But Officer Ammann is proud of Over-the-Rhine.

        ‘‘The residents of Over-the-Rhine are very friendly and they want to talk to police,’’ he says at a bustling District 1 headquarters.

        He believes most of the crime comes from outside the neighborhood.

        ‘‘While on the bike, someone will get your ear and tell you, ‘Hey, these guys that don’t live here are hanging out on that corner every day. We think they’re dealing drugs,’ ’’ he says.

        Interacting with Over-the-Rhine residents has led to a lot of arrests for Officer Ammann. He attends meetings for Over-the-Rhine Community Council, the Mulberry Street Block Watch and the OTR Safety Committee. They share information about trouble spots.

        That’s why he is so optimistic about the increasing walking patrols in the neighborhood. Talking to residents is extremely effective in preventing crime.

        ‘‘I don’t think the area has changed that much since the riots, I just think the media is covering it a lot more,’’ he says. ‘‘But the goal is, with the warmer months coming, to get more police out there walking the streets. It encourages community policing on both parts, our part and the community’s.’’

— Jason Nebel

Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
- Police officer Michael Ammann
Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
Photographer Jimmy Heath

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
- Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

Restaurant owner
Taft senior
Social worker
Sarah Center director
Jordanian grocer
Gallery owner
Beauty shop supplier
Teacher's aide
Dock worker
Police officer
Soup kitchen manager
School social worker
Medical student
Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race