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Mayor Cranley breaks silence, issues statement over CPD turmoil

Mayor Cranley breaks silence, issues statement over CPD turmoil (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The turmoil continues to grow regarding a scandal in the Cincinnati Police Department.

Sources at city hall confirmed to Local 12 on Friday that Mayor John Cranley demanded the resignation of City Manager Harry Black.

On Saturday, the deputy chief of staff for Mayor Cranley, Holly Stutz Smith, issued a statement saying in part: “Mayor Cranley is out of town for a special meeting of the US Conference of Mayors, but I can confirm he fully supports Chief Isaac and always has. Last evening, the mayor and Chief Isaac spoke and both acknowledged that they've had a mutually supportive relationship for years and that both are committed to the same going forward."

The statement does not mention anything about Harry Black.

On Friday night, Black was a “no show” for the tipoff of a youth basketball league program the city sponsors, but Chief Isaac was in attendance.

Local 12's Angenette Levy caught up with him to see if he could shed some light on the issue:

  • Angenette: Are you able to shed any light on the Dave Bailey situation?
  • Eliot Isaac: I don't want to talk about any of that. I'm here to celebrate this time with the kids and kick this program off. That's why I'm here tonight."
  • Angenette: And not the overtime or anything?
  • Eliot Isaac: "No, Thank you."

Most city council members have declined to comment about the situation.

City Manager Black could be fired if five council members voted for it.

Here is the full statement from Mayor Cranley’s office:

Mayor Cranley is out of town for a special meeting of the US Conference of Mayors but I can confirm he fully supports Chief Isaac and always has. Last evening, the Mayor and Chief Isaac spoke and both acknowledged that they’ve had a mutually supportive relationship for years and that both are committed to the same going forward. Mayor Cranley has recently been named the chairman of the Police Chiefs and Mayors Task Force for the US Conference of Mayors. Chief Isaac and Mayor Cranley have been working together for months organizing a meeting of the task force April 9-10, which will feature former Chief Bratton and David Kennedy. The Mayor and the Chief will be at the conference together, presenting together about Cincinnati’s wonderful record of community policing.

Local 12 filed several open records requests with the city. When that information is learned, it will be shared on air and online.

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