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EDITOR: KERRY KLUMPE, 369-1003 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1991 SECTION B MO X-"- if mm nrZJ Zifc VVV M dJ ""IIZwTr Camilla . Warrick f V Police learn to understand mental illness Anna Jean Troisi will never forget the I ,.., f " r ,,. ., , 1 jm-mmmm-T-T-TT 1 " fj , JU-; i-J J " f -" f& I n &--..; ; X .'"-.-. .-.-,-.. HP . i m l ;l m m jf iLlLlL f i JLiL 4 -i? -iul filJliL s"L If P It "l -' A ! 1 !!,: , ptf Hi .Alii-ss " i-t.. 0 v w .-;v- i ? J,li,r,nmilTl-1i...,,, 1. . ' JL- "'"'' "''' , i " JL .... . , . ,,JLWX t r" 1 1 1 111 ni.n-iJ ,--s. - 4- - i ; ' a ' u .; - -v; - - ' - till mt -- - MJM,,M....,MM..M.Ma,BaMaMMMi day four squad cars and eight police officers arrived at her apartment house in Walnut Hills. They had come for one of her neighbors. The woman had committed no crime. She was guilty of nothing. She simply needed help, because her mental illness had flared. Troisi understood, as only a fellow sufferer can. She also understood that the police were providing a service. Yet the thought kept going through her brain, "All these people to pick up one 136-pound woman." Education, it seems, is a long, arduous process. As more than 4,000 people with mental illnesses have left institutions and found homes in Hamilton County, their contacts with police have increased. We usually never hear about them. But three times in less than two years these contacts have The Cincinnati EnquirerGary Landers The statue adorning a building at 1 2th and Walnut streets was renamed Columbia after World War I, but has since reverted to her original name: Germania. A day of pride for Genmams Their roots run deep here; today, events evoke city's past turned into fatal confrontations. High death toll At no time has the death toll been higher. At no time have accusations flown faster. After the shooting of 34-year-old Walter Brown in December, various agencies investigated the circumstances. The city manager stuck , by his conviction that Brown, who was carrying no weapon, "should not have died." But he accepted the opinion of an administrative committee that the officer wasn't at fault; the problem was inadequate preparation. Mayor David Mann called the finding "a pretty devastating statement about the training our officers are receiving." And the public was left with the impression of fear and trouble on every side. But not all voices were raised in criticism. Absent from the uproar was Frank Hagedorn, a spirited 65-year-old insurance executive from Price Hill. Hagedorn is not afraid of sharp statements. Eight years ago he made plenty of them himself. "In days past," he recalled, "police didn't know anything. It was chaos." Mobile Crisis Team For years he begged bureaucrats to start an organization that could assist police in their encounters with mentally ill people. Hagedorn, who has a close associate with the disability, knew that the county was ill-equipped to deal with psychotic behavior. Finally, five years ago, he helped nudge the Mobile Crisis Team into existence, and he became its first volunteer and perhaps loudest pot-banger. He has spoken to any group that will hear him. He has distributed ID cards to police with the number of the team's hot line. And he has worked whenever called with social workers and police to relax tense encounters. He rarries no weaDons. no Mace or Tolzmann points out, a "reflection of the German love of forest and woodland." They were among the first settlers to this area in 1788. "The setting is what attracted them," says Tolzmann. "The location of the river and the beautiful Ohio River valley." Word spread. As more Germans settled here, some heading west from Pennsylvania, they would write back to family and friends in the old country, tripping what Tolzmann calls "chain migration." (Please see GERMAN, Page B-2) compass. Indeed, 45 of the population of Greater Cincinnati is of German descent, so much a part of society it is hardly distinctive anymore. "It is so omnipresent here," says Don Heinrich .Tolzmann of Cincinnati's German heritage. "It is in every area you look." From the bratwurst and mettwurst at the ballpark, to Fountain Square and Roebling Suspension Bridge. The very physical makeup of the city and its abundance of parks is of Germanic design, they were distinctive. "They were usually represented with heavy beards and mustaches and wearing soft hats in contrast with the smooth-shaven faces and the high stiff hats of the Americans," writes Carl Wittke of the stereotype in his essay, The Germans of Cincinnati. Yet, he continues, they were "respected for their thrift, and for their competence as craftsmen." If a visitor now were to ask where the German community is in Cincinnati, he could be directed to all points of the BY LEW MOORES The Cincinnati Enquirer Today there is no enclave, no single neighborhood that is evocative of the past, when many of Jhem called the-Rhine home. They kept their front stoops scrubbed clean and tended vegetable and flower gardens in their back yards. Back then whole families socialized over music at beer gardens. In the mid-19th century, as German immigrants poured into this country, with thousands settling in Cincinnati, Parties give voters an earful on issues ' 4f- f via ' r yrm 1 1 fe j Pro-levy rally draws crowd BY HOWARD WILKINSON The Cincinnati Enquirer Cincinnati voters will have their work cut out for them when they go to the polls Nov. 5. Rep. Charles Luken Rep. John Boehner They will be picking nine city council members out of a field of 26 contenders. They will also have to sort out two city charter amendments that directly contradict each other, decide whether to change the way council is elected, and vote on three levies. They'll get plenty of advice from Cincinnati's political parties. All three parties the Republicans, the Democrats and the Charterites have endorsed some or all of Cincinnati's ballot issues. The most contentious argument among the leaders of the political parties centers on Issues 4 and 5. Issue 5 is Republican Councilman Nick Vehr's proposed charter change that would limit city council members to four consecutive two-year terms. After eight years in office, a council member would have to wait four years before running again. Issue 4, proposed by Mayor David hoof. It's over. If you don't have a functional school system, you can't have a functional city." Brinkman said that community outreach events such as the Mayor's Soapbox, the initiation of a stricter discipline policy and the release of. the Buenger Commission report have convinced citizens that changes are under way in the school system. Several public school students of all ages spoke in favor of levy passage. Carrie Dattilo, a senior at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, told how Sands Montessori school helped her development. "I'm getting ready to go to college," she said. "I would really like to see the people under me have the same education and the same benefits I've had," she said. One of those younger students Rosa Lee Davis, a third-grader at Carthage bilingual school told the audience to "vote for kids, vote for schools, vote for Issue 7," in English and in French, BY ANTHONY NEELY The Cincinnati Enquirer Supporters of the Cincinnati Public Schools' tax levy ignored gray, wet and windy weather Saturday and turned out in large numbers for the last major rally for the levy before Election Day. Approximately 350 adults and children crowded into the levy campaign's west side headquarters in Price Hill for a two-hour meeting that combined elements of a high school pep rally, an elementary school recital, a political fund-raiser and a church social. The large turnout was indicative of a high level of support that the rally's organizers, Cincinnatians Active to Save Education (CASE), have seen in recent weeks, said Wayne Brinkman, a CASE board member. "There's a lot more people involved in this campaign than we ever had in the past," he said. "A lot of people recognize that if this levy doesn't pass, Cincinnati is dead on the Freshmen make noise in Congress Luken, Boehner challenge veteran House colleagues BY ANNE WILLETTE and JUDITH BARRA AUSTIN Gannett News Service WASHINGTON It's tough for freshmen in Congress. They ran against the status quo, then hpramp nart of it. stun guns. Talk, empathy and knowledge are the tools of the team. "Some of these situations would scare the living hell out of an untrained person," he said. "Of course training is important. Cincinnati police have had some and more is planned." Hagedorn has no reason to doubt that promise. He says he's seen significant changes in recent years. But these often do not command public attention. 'No us and them' So it is with Troisi. A couple of years ago when Players From the Heart, a theater troupe of people with mental illness, performed at the police academy, the audience got pulled into the act to the mirth of all. "It was just people mingling with people," Troisi said. "No us and them." But no camera was there to record the moment. So it is with Cincinnati Police Specialist James McClain. When he sits down with clients at a mental health agency in his district, it's not because of a fracas. It's simply to convey "that we do care," he said. But no camera is there to capture that either. Next week, mental health providers, consumers and police will get together to try to build more bridges and encourage more understanding. Tony Dattilo, director of Cincinnati Restoration Inc. and a member of the coalition that's sponsoring the event, said he too believes that police training has been inadequate. "But one thing we found out as we were planning this is that there's been a change in attitude," he said. "Police are getting a better understanding. The situation is definitely improving." Mann, is the "anti-term limit measure that would allow any registered voter in But freshman House members including Reps. Charles Luken, a Cincinnati Democrat, and John Boehner, a West Chester Republican hope to survive by uniting for change. the city to run for council without restriction relating to the citizen's prior experience as a member of council." Last week, Hamilton County Republican Chairman Eugene Ruehlmann accused Mann and other Democratic veterans on council of trying to undercut Issue 5 by confusing voters. "They are raising a dummy issue," Ruehlmann said. "It illustrates why people are turned off by politics." Mann said Issue 4 is "a straightforward statement on something the city charter is silent on that all qualified voters can run for council, regardless of prior service. It's simple as that." The Cincinnati Democratic Committee (CDC) has endorsed Issue 4 and will be urging voters to vote against Vchr'9 proposal, CDC chairman Timothy Burke representation (PR) as Cincinnati's method of electing council. PR is a system of vote distribution in which voters rank their nine council choices in order of preference. The system was used in Cincinnati from the late 1920s until it was voted out in 1957. Charterites favor PR's return; the Democratic and Republican parties do not. Backers of Issue 6 say they are trying to keep the issue visible. "We're trying to create a buzz," said Harriet Apple-gate, chairwoman of Citizens for Proportional Representation. "We're hoping to rise PR above the tide." said. The Charter Committee is opposed to Vehr's proposal but is taking no position on the "anti-term limit" amendment, Charter executive director Dennis Hicks said. Ruehlmann announced the Republican Party's endorsement of Issue 5, along with the tax levies for Hamilton County Children's Services, county hospital services and the Cincinnati Public Schools. The three political parties agree on the tax issues. The split comes over the term-limitation proposals and Issue 6, which would re-institute proportional Elected during last year s kick-tne-Dums-out" fervor, they have challenged veteran colleagues on such issues as check bouncing, pay raises and schedules that keep them isolated in Washington. They appear earnest in wanting to reform Congress and restore public trust in the institution. But their anti-Congress activism also is good politics. "The freshmen who don't run against Congress won't be in Congress anymore," said Charles Cook, editor of Tiie Cook Political Report, a newsletter. Spencer Abraham, co-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said polls show that voters' disaffection with Con-(Please see CONGRESS, Page B-6) Camilla Warrick's column appears on Sundays.

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