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Cincinnati councilmans leadership called into question

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Several community members use the public comments portion of Wednesday's Cincinnati City Council meeting to call for the removal of a council member from his chairmanship.

Former councilman Cecil Thomas was among those asking Mayor John Cranley to remove Christopher Smitherman as chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee.  Thomas and other speakers say they're outraged over comments Smitherman made on talk radio concerning black-on-black crime.
The former local NAACP President spoke to Local 12 News about the complaints against him after Wednesday's meeting.

"See I have a zero-tolerance for murder.  Remember this is a very very small group of people.  Overwhelmingly the community is relieved we are having this dialogue about the value of life of these young African Americans that are losing their lives on the streets.  So this is about a difference in strategy.  My strategy is to create a zero-tolerance code of conduct for murder," he said.

Smitherman also chairs the Economic Growth committee.  The mayor selects committee chairs, as per the city charter.

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