No Charges Against Officer(s) Who Shot Knife-Wielding Man

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 6th, 2019

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Referencing the man who was shot Thursday on morning at a Madisonville Park, Cincinnati, Ohio wielding a knife.

On Saturday, July 6th, 2019 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters had this to say. No charges will be filed against the officers involved in that shooting.

Quite simply, Cincinnati police Officers Albert Brown and Kevin Brown were called to Bramble Park on Thursday morning following reports of a knife-wielding man.

Officials said; the officers encountered 23-year-old Devin Johnson who was carrying an 11-inch knife with a seven-inch blade.

In Deters’ statement he elaborated, “After a careful and thorough review of the incident, it is absolutely clear that the officers acted appropriately and followed their training. They were confronted with a man with a deadly weapon who refused their numerous lawful commands to drop his weapon; they had no choice but to shoot. Officer Albert Brown acted heroically and saved the lives of other officers and possibly civilians.”

According to Cincinnati police Chief Elliot Isaac, it turns out, Johnson called 911 on himself telling authorities that there was a man in the park “acting wild and going crazy.”

Deters said, he reviewed both officers’ body-worn cameras, and both officers acted appropriately.

Accordingly, police officers said; “Johnson approached both officers, still carrying the knife.”

Cincinnati Police Chief Isaac

Chief Isaac’s account of what transpired  is in complete agreement with that of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. “Both officers gave multiple commands to drop the knife, but the individual refused. He continued to ignore the officers’ commands and deliberately walked toward Officer Al Brown.”

Isaac said, at that time, officer Albert Brown drew his firearm and fired three shots at Johnson.

Subsequently, Johnson fell to the ground, Isaac said. Kevin Brown then approached Johnson, kicked the knife from his hands and called paramedics. Kevin Brown performed chest compressions until paramedics arrived. Police said they will release the body-worn camera video later Saturday.

Isaac said; shortly thereafter Johnson was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he’s listed in critical but stable condition. He will be charged with felonious assault and aggravated menacing.

Understandably so  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says no charges will be filed against two Cincinnati police officers after one of them shot and wounded a knife wielding man who’d called 911 to report on someone “acting wild and going crazy” at a city park.

Finally, Deters said a review of body camera footage shows Cincinnati officers Albert Brown and Kevin Brown responded appropriately Thursday when the man refused to heed commands to drop a butcher’s knife while approaching them.

Nonetheless, it is not clear if 23-year-old Devin Johnson will be charged with anything. If nothing else, “he needs help!”


Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.