Prosecutor's office: No charges in city manager's late-night call to FOP president

Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office declines to charge City Manger Harry Black for late-night phone call to FOP President Dan Hils (WKRC file)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Hamilton County Prosecutor announced he would not file any criminal charges against Cincinnati city manager Harry Black over a late-night phone call made to FOP president Dan Hils.

The dispute started over a complaint filed with the Citizen Complaint Authority saying police used excessive force during the arrest of two men in Over-the-Rhine.

Black called Hils late Friday night, October 27th, claiming Hils got the prosecutor to get a restraining order preventing the Citizen Complaint Authority from moving forward until after the criminal case was settled. Hils recorded the phone call, in which Black is heard saying, “If this doesn't change, I’m going to personally engage the U.S. Department of Justice on this department.”

Deters' office looked into whether a telephone harassment charge against Black might be possible. In a press release, his office said it's reviewed the matter and "no criminal charges are appropriate. The matter is now closed."

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