Cincinnati Prosecutor Asks Gov. To Send National Guard To Stop Violent Crime

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters made the request to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday.

Cincinnati, OH – Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has requested that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine deploy National Guard troops to help curb gun violence in the neighborhood of Price Hill.

Deters said that there have been 20 homicides in the area in the past 45 days, which made June the deadliest month in nearly two decades, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

"When you can't have your little kid go out in your yard and play out of fear of a stray gunshot, that is bulls--t," the prosecutor railed. "Why not put [the National Guard] out on street corners and say, OK, they have their body armor on, they got their helmets on, they got their automatic weapons. You want to do this stuff?"

Deters contacted DeWine on Tuesday afternoon, and asked him to send troops to the Price Hill neighborhood.

The governor immediately contacted Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac about Deters’ suggestion.

Chief Isaac blew off the idea, and said that it was unnecessary.

"That is definitely not what we want to do," the chief told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "We don’t want to militarize our community. We’re concerned about the loss of life.”

“This is a challenge every city in the Midwest is going through,” he added. “We’re going to continue to work hard."

Chief Isaac said he needs more police officers to get the department fully staffed.

The city council has been looking at ways to help the department with hiring, and is also trying to figure out how to afford adding lights in high-crime areas and keeping recreation centers open later to provide people with alternatives to committing crimes.

"I know [Chief Isaac] is doing his best... but I am telling you right now, they don't have the budget, the manpower to handle it," Deters said. "If I was the governor, I would put the National Guard on the streets of Price Hill right now. I would not put up with this anymore."

Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach was appalled by the concept of bringing soldiers into the city.

“This sounds like the beginning of the Handmaid's Tale," Seelbach argued. "Crime is down. And yet, he's talking about putting armed guards in a neighborhood."

Despite the deadly spike in June, the city’s crime rate has been lower or on-par with years past, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The number of shootings in the city reached a 10-year low in 2018.

On Wednesday, DeWine announced that he has turned down Deters’ request to send the National Guard into the city, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The governor said he plans to ask the legislature to increase the penalties for felons found in possession of firearms instead.

“We need that,” DeWine said. “If you talk to detectives, if you talk to people who work in the cities, what they will tell you is this will enable them to make arrests and get convictions for people who are causing most of the violence.”

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johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Elect more communist democrat mayors!

walkintall
walkintall

Yep--Keep the recreations centers open later.....That'll fix it. Always worked in the past.

LEO0301
LEO0301

You could provide these people with the nicest things money can buy and within 6 months they will destroy it all. I've seen it before. The city I worked for put in these fancy English style light posts trying to spruce up a turd and within one week the natives somehow managed to bend the posts over. With some people it doesn't matter what you do for them, they will go out of their way to destroy it and then blame the white man.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

When I was a young kid back in the 60's Mom would take me to visit my Grandmother who lived in a high rise in the Bronx NY. Even back then I would see many times the remnants of someone who urinated in the hallway. I thought what kind of people do such things where they live? Now as an adult I know and have no doubts who does this.

tfort
tfort

It’s pathetic when the cops are so bad at their job that the prosecutor has to ask for the military.

I feel bad for the residents that kids can’t even play outside.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

You can take the monkey out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the monkey

walkintall
walkintall

Communities get the policing that they demand--The voters vote in the politicians who appoint the law enforcement bosses who select the personnel who do the job the way the voters want. That's why the LAPD has a different personality than Carmel-By-The-Sea police. It's called local control and it's uniquely American. That's why there's no nationalized police department in local communities. The voters in towns like Chicago and Cincinnati can make any changes that they deem necessary at the ballot box.

Stanracer
Stanracer

More recreation centers? Sure. That's what the gang bangers want. More recreation centers. DOH!!!!

stooge819
stooge819

Always the answer to rampant violence: More free stuff.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Why is it that all these cities and states that are run by Democrats are turning into crime infested garbage dumps because these no money to make sure the police departments are fully staffed and have the tools they need to do the job. They have plenty of money for every FEEL good project they can think of but never enough for police services or sadly anything to do with first responders who keep their cities safe.

Mimi54
Mimi54

My God, why cant they just do their job in these situations without be criticized. A crazy person with a gun running around shooting randomly and getting sympathy now!, sad.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

It appears Cincinnati PD is suffering from the same problem that many large city departments have - not enough people who want to do the job now. I loved my job when I did it 3 decades ago but I wouldn't want to do it now with the attitude now extant toward LEO's from the politicians and the public.

StandsWithPolice
StandsWithPolice

Since they are a "Sanctuary City" what do they expect? Harbor the illegals and criminals leaves your Real American citizens at risk to be killed by those you aid and abet against this country laws.

StandsWithPolice
StandsWithPolice

You have it ass backwards dude. It's not the police's fault its the ones in government who make the city a "Sanctuary City" thus making police stand down and not get involved. Stop blaming those that have no choice and start blaming the ones who voted the mental defects into office. The military can't do squat while the Democrats are in charge of that hell hole. If the voters get rid of the Dems they stand a chance of ICE and other agencies helping but until the scum is removed no help should be given!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

20 homicides in 45 days and they say crime is down? What is wrong with these people? If they are a Sanctuary City, all the non-immigrant residents should sue their city government in a class-action suit to force them to buy-out their homes at prices previous to the Immigration typhoon.

ikaika
ikaika

Yeah, more rec centers and new light poles will have a BIG effect on cutting down 20 homicides in 45 days -- in just one area of town! Dumbass democrats making it a twofer -- making the job of law enforcement harder and wasting taxpayer money. Shit for brains.

EMarie
EMarie

Open carry?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

How are police supposed to do their jobs effectively with no backing from the city officials, department and their own upper echelon. It appears as that these “bosses” now a days, have no supervisory skills and no on the job skills in general because they were either so caught up in “promotion” that they don’t put in the time to be a street cop, get to know the workings of the beat or how the job actually is. They get promoted too fast. It’s like going from 3rd grade straight to being a senior in high school. So when incidents happen, the “bosses” don’t see it in reality, can cannot comprehend because they “weren’t there to experience” how it really is. Strictly by the book. That’s this new generation of police officers now. They also don’t know how to protect their officers from complaints and accusations when they occur because of their lack of job knowledge. These new officers are the “why do I have to do this” or “where does it say I have to do it this way” generation instead of just doing it like the old timers or senior officers. Orders are orders (lawful of course). Fix the departments and show support for police, don’t bend over or fall to the whiny public, and most of all believe in your own officers before you pass judgement on them when incidents arise. That’s what investigations are for. If everyone is “innocent until proven guilty” that should apply also to officers l and not have them prove to everyone else that their innocent. Do those few things and show the officers you are by publicly stating so during the news interviews and I GUARANTEE you’ll have more applications coming in. More applications, more candidates for officers. Of course you can’t hire all who apply, but you’d have a lot more names to pick from.

twostickmack
twostickmack

send them home to the congo they are not happy here

Patty1956
Patty1956

That's all you need to open up centers for these THUGS to go to, that's not going to work, put a guard on every corner and let it be known they will shoot if shot at period, why do the good people have to be afraid to let their kids out in the yard to play?

Patty1956
Patty1956

Dewine is a piece of SHIT