Written By: Ishton W. Morton – January 25th, 2018
On Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 the Office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters filed a (“TRO”) a Motion for Temporary Restraining Order against the Citizen Complaint Authority (“CCA”) thus seeking a delay one of their cases.
Deters’ office proclaims to have concern(s) that the Citizen Complaint Authority hearing, which compels testimony by the officers, will compromise the prosecution’s criminal case.
Deters’ thoughts are; once the criminal case has concluded, the Citizen Complaint Authority can have their hearing. According to the prosecution their only goal is to make sure that the police in this case have their criminal case protected.
Reportedly, on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 Cincinnati Police Officers Kenneth Grubbs and William Keuper responded to a residence on Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio at approximately 12:13 A. M. in regarding a domestic violence incident. Accordingly, when they arrived, Officer Grubbs encountered Damion McRae who matched the description of the suspect for whom they were looking.
Subsequently, the suspect approached the officer with a 9mm rifle concealed at his side and shot Officer Grubbs. Officer Grubbs was able to return fire. Officer Keuper saw his partner get shot and immediately began returning fire. McRae continued to reach into his pockets despite police orders to the contrary.
According to court records, McRae was eventually arrested at the scene and later indicted on 2 counts of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 2 counts of Weapon under Disability (Felony 3), 1 count of Carrying Concealed Weapon (Felony 4) and 1 count of Assault (Misdemeanor 1). His case is currently set for Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Patrick Foley for a plea or trial setting. The case has been continued 10 times at the request of the defendant.
The two Cincinnati police officers involved in this case were originally scheduled for CCA interviews on January 30th and February 1st 2018. Predicated on these reasons the office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters files request for temporary restraining order to delay citizen complaint authority hearing.
Unmistakably, the Request for TRO was filed on Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 seeking to delay the CCA interviews until after the conclusion of the criminal case.
By all accounts the City of Cincinnati agreed to delay the police interviews based on today’s filing in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. The matter is now set for review in front of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Heekin in 30 days.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “We have tried to work with the city through these issues. We are going to protect our witnesses, which includes Cincinnati police officers, until the criminal case is finalized.