PRESS RELEASE, 10/30/2017

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters files request for temporary restraining order to delay citizen complaint authority hearing

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that his office is filing a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) against the Citizen Complaint Authority seeking a delay on one of their cases.

On August 8, 2017 a female complainant called the Cincinnati Police Department asking for help with a possible domestic situation at her residence at 261 W. McMicken located in Cincinnati, District 4.  Two Cincinnati police officers responded to the call involving a problem with male relatives and their refusal to leave her residence.

When the police responded to the residence, the relatives refused to leave.  There was an altercation with the officers.  One of the male relatives was tased.   As a result of this incident, the male relative, James Crawley, was charged with 1 count of Assault on a Police Officer (Felony 4) and is set for trial in front of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jody Luebbers on December 11th.

A complaint was filed with the Citizen Complaint Authority.  The Citizen Complaint Authority has a hearing set for tomorrow to compel the officers’ testimony.

The Request for TRO filed today seeks to delay the hearing until after the conclusion of the criminal case.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We are merely seeking a short delay of the Citizen Complaint Authority hearing.  We asked them to delay their hearing until after the criminal case and they refused, so we had no option but to file a TRO.  Our concern is that this Citizen Complaint Authority hearing, which compels testimony by the officers, could impact the criminal case.  Once the criminal case is concluded, the Citizen Complaint Authority can have their hearing.  My only goal is to make sure that the police officers in this case have their criminal case protected.”