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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Wednesday, October 9, 1991
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TCF Wednesday, October 9, 1991 THE C INCINNATI ENQUIRER MetroE-3 Newport officer on 2 years' probation THANK YOU! The t.nquirer and Post NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION salutes Ashland rrn Commission suspends Scott for misconduct BY BETH MENGE The Cincinnati Enquirer Newport City Commission has suspended Officer Mike Scott for nine months without pay and placed him on two years' probation for misconduct in an incident last spring involving his former girlfriend. , The commission ruled, however, that Scott did not use excessive force when he took his camera from the woman during an antidrug parade April 30. "There were 12 different charges," Mayor Steve Goetz said. "He was found innocent of five of the 12." Scott was found guilty of administrative charges that he signed another officer's name to reports that he took on the incident, Goetz said. Scott, who has been suspended without pay since the incident, may return to the force in February if he passes a psychological test, the commission decided. Public argument The commission acted after weeks of hearings, capped by a three-hour session Monday night. The administrative charges against Scott stemmed from a public argument and scuffle between him and Shirley Turner, his former girlfriend, at the March Against Drugs Parade in Newport. Scott, a member of the force since September, 1987, was charged with using unnecessary force while trying to arrest Turner and her daughter, Lesley Turner. The incident occurred in the 600 block of Monmouth Street as the parade was winding down. Words over camera Scott, who was in uniform policing the parade, saw the women and approached them and demanded a camera Lesley Turner was holding, saying it belonged to him, the charges said. They struggled when Scott tried to take the camera back, and he called for police backup and ordered the two women arrested. Storer Cable and a Kentucky Post photographer recorded the incident. The women were taken to the police station, questioned and released without being charged. Scott requested a closed hearing on the charges. Goetz said he was satisfied with the decision. "There's a lot of people who are going to be forming opinions about this based on a couple of pictures they saw or based on hearsay, which is unfortunate for both sides because it was a closed hearing," Goetz said. "There's a lot of information that was given in the testimony that I felt would have helped clear this up in the public's mind." Cold Kruger P Star Chili SESAME STREET LIVE! txxjoooaoooccooa Both sides of abortion issue plan demonstrations We thank these sponsors for joining the ranks of concerned community firms and individuals who have offered a "Helping Hand" to schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Thanks to their support, more than 60.000 students were able to participate in our Focus On Literacy program. BY HOWARD WILKINSON The Cincinnati Enquirer Abortion-rights activists say they will stage counterdemonstrations when anti-abortion forces try to block access to abortion clinics Oct. 18 and 19. "We want to see to it that they don't harass women going into these clinics," said Kathy Helmbock, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The abortion protesters, organized by a picket and demonstrate, but when they start harassing women and breaking the law, that's where I draw the line," Helmbock said. Sara Meyer of Batavia, one of the organizers of Tristate Rescue, said the group is a chapter of the national organization Operation Rescue, which staged massive demonstrations over the summer in Wichita, Kan. The protesters at the clinics Oct. 18-19 "will be local, for the most part," Meyer said. Meyer said the abortion protesters will be "peaceful and non-violent" but said there could be arrests. local group called Tristate Rescue, plan to blockade Cincinnati-area abortion clinics but won't say which clinics are targeted. Tristate Rescue plans a rally for anti-abortion demonstrators the night before the blockade at the First Christian Assembly of God in Mount Auburn. Helmbock said NOW 'members would picket across the street. Thursday night, NOW will hold a strategy session to plan for the Tristate Rescue blockade, Helmbock said. She would not discuss actions NOW will take Oct. 18-19. 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