Racial Tension in Cincinnati Spills Over into Fire Department

04/18/2001
CINCINNATI, OHIO � Some 100 members of the African-American Firefighters Association want to break with the Cincinnati Fire Fighters Labor Union, according to a WLWT Eyewitness News report. The firefighters who signed the petition for the withdrawal charged that the union has failed to support women and minorities in controversial issues. African-American Firefighters Association President Jeff Harris, Jr., says the problem is compounded by the fact that the union�s executive board has no black member.Harris referred to comments by speakers at the funeral for Tim Thomas, the 19-year-old black man killed by Stephen Roach, a white police officer, on April 7. Black men and black women were u...

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