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Cincinnati Situation Bears Watching

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, May 1, 2001

Cincinnati Situation Bears Watching

The riots in Cincinnati earlier this month following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager have produced charges of discrimination, but not from the usual source.

Cincinnati whites say that federal investigators are ignoring crimes committed by blacks against whites, many of which were captured on videotape. People want to know why these crimes have gone unpunished while the feds concentrate on what the police did to the fleeing suspect.

One city council member says many innocent victims had their businesses looted and their property destroyed and a lot of other people were brutally beaten apparently because of their race.

The Justice Department says it is looking into the matter without regard to race, but people I've talked to in Cincinnati believe the police will be unfairly blamed while the rioters will mostly get a free pass.

We'll see, but this case should be watched closely.