PRESS RELEASE, 11/4/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on social media posts involving Irate 8

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on recent social media posts involving the Irate 8, a student group formed at the University of Cincinnati after the death of Samuel DuBose.

Recent posts on social media, including comments such as, “I don’t know if I have enough rope for all of the irate8”, prompted the University of Cincinnati to investigate.   The University found that the posts were made by an African-American male undergraduate student.  He admitted to posting the comments and indicated that he thought they were a “joke.”

The University of Cincinnati referred the matter to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether any criminal charges were appropriate.  After a review by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, no criminal charges are appropriate and, therefore, none will be filed.  The University of Cincinnati may refer the matter for possible school discipline.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “While the posts are in incredibly poor taste and racially insensitive, they do not rise to the level of a criminal offense.  We reviewed many criminal statues, including Inducing Panic Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.31, but nothing fits these crude comments.  There is no law against making stupid and insensitive comments.  The University is better positioned to handle this matter through possible school discipline.”