- The Washington Times - Monday, August 27, 2001

CINCINNATI Justice Department investigators swarmed into Cincinnati after racial riots swept through the city streets in April.

The simple reason for their ongoing investigation, says Mike Allen, Hamilton County district attorney: "John Ashcroft is doing this to make politically correct points on the back of Cincinnati."

Justice Department investigators have interviewed officers and community leaders since beginning their inquiry.

A separate review of the department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also politically motivated, Mr. Allen contends.

That investigation is looking into the department's special tactical forces team, which is accused of firing, without provocation, a beanbag at a woman attending the funeral of the slain black teen-ager, Timothy Thomas.

"The police did nothing but try to quell a disturbance," Mr. Allen says. "The Cincinnati Police Department did nothing wrong, and nothing will come of this."

Mayor Charlie Luken, who requested the investigation after the riots, said during a Tuesday appearance on WDBZ-AM, a local black radio station, that agents would likely find nothing wrong at all.

"We have nothing to hide," said Mr. Luken, who is perceived by many on the police department as having failed to back them when they needed it the most.


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