PRESS RELEASE, 6/12/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces findings in August 6, 2011 UC taser incident

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced his findings in the August 6, 2011 University of Cincinnati taser incident and the death of Everette Howard.

On August 6, 2011 at approximately 2:00 a.m. the University of Cincinnati Police (“UC Police”) were called to Turner Dormitory for a report of a fight in progress.  No criminal charges were filed as a result of that call. 

Shortly after that call, the UC police were again called regarding a fight involving some of the participants in the earlier situation.  When UC Police Officer Richard Haas encountered Mr. Howard and another individual he ordered them both to stop.  The second individual complied immediately with the officer’s orders and went to the ground. Mr. Howard continued toward the officer.  He was then tased one time.  The UC police immediately called for medical assistance for Mr. Howard.  Mr. Howard was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On June 6, 2012 the Hamilton County Coroner ruled the cause of death and manner of death as unknown/undetermined.

An independent witness confirmed that Mr. Howard failed to comply with the officer’s commands and was tased after he continued to approach the officer.

An independent examination of the taser by Electronic Test Centre of Ontario, Canada confirmed that the taser was operating properly on August 6, 2011.

In his June 12, 2012 letter to University of Cincinnati Police Chief Michael Cureton, Mr. Deters stated, “Based upon our review of the material provided, it is the opinion of this office that Police Officer Richard Haas was justified in his actions and that he did not violate any criminal statutes.”