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Cranley: CPD needs to deal with controversial issues

A big controversy is simmering in the Cincinnati Police Department and Mayor John Cranley said the city has to deal with it. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A big controversy is simmering in the Cincinnati Police Department and Mayor John Cranley said the city has to deal with it.

There are two related issues.

Last week, District Five Commander Bridget Bardua filed a federal complaint, alleging she was discriminated against by three top police officials because she is a woman and because she supports Chief Eliot Isaac.

Then, on Wednesday, an incomplete police overtime audit was released.

The audit looked at the whole department but also showed Bardua with $80,000 worth of overtime payments and comp time last year.

Contents of the partial audit had been leaked to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mayor Cranley said the city needs to deal with the issues from both the complaint and the audit because there are allegations of racial problems and corruption.

A District Five officer, Melissa Cummins, has also filed a sex discrimination complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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