City’s first black police chief ‘taken aback’ at claims of racis


Cincinnati’s first African-American police chief and arguably its most popular one said Monday he’s ‘taken aback’ by claims of a “rogue element:” and racism in the top levels of the police department against the current black chief and city manager.

“I am very surprised. I am taken aback. It’s hard for me to grasp that,” James Craig said.

In addition to being the city’s first black chief, Craig also was Cincinnati’s first chief selected from outside the ranks.

He served just under two years from 2011 to 2013 before leaving to helm the police department in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he continues working today.

“Here I am the first outside chief who was not home grown in Cincinnati and the first African-American chief and I did not sense…

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