News: Luken Names Civilian Complaint Authority

Police booster, CIA agent's daughter and former probation officer included

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Cincinnati Mayor Charles Luken has named his appointees to the new Civilian Complaint Authority.

Formed as part of the collaborative agreement settling a lawsuit over racial profiling by the Cincinnati Police Department, the Civilian Complaint Authority (CCA) will investigate complaints about police conduct.

The members appointed by Luken are:

·Dr. Walter Bowers, 56, a resident of Clifton and a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He formerly served on the Citizens Police Review Panel.

"His membership on the original Citizens' Complaint Committee brings a wealth of experience needed for a successful operation of the new body," wrote Marian Spencer in a letter of recommendation.

Bowers provided obstetrical care and delivered Cincinnati's first in vitro infant in 1986-87. He also provided obstetrical care and delivered Cincinnati's first frozen embryo infant in 1989.

·Sandra Butler, 46, of Oakley. A realtor in Cincinnati for the past 14 years, Butler is the vice president/sales manager of the Springfield Pike branch of Sibcy Cline Realtors. She is a real estate instructor for "Diversity: The Real Difference," which trains agents to keep biases and value judgements out of business transactions.

According to Saralou Durham of the Cincinnati Real Estate Ambassador Program, Butler is "an advocate of acceptance for all, without regard to age, religion, obesity, sexual orientation, religion, culture or race."

·Richard Siegel, 57, an attorney and resident of Clifton. He is a partner with Keating Muething and Klekamp and both of his children attended public schools in the city. Siegel was part owner of Jeckles restaurant in Hyde Park and the Busy Bee Restaurant in Clifton. He is the volunteer legal counsel for the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. One of his letters of recommendation was from Col. Theodore Schoch, director of the Cincinnati Police Academy.

·Justin Wolterman, 21, a student of studies history and philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in the Clifton area.

"The most important reason that I want to be involved in this committee is because I was so appalled and astounded by the events of April 2001," Wolterman wrote. "I never would have believed that the city that I was born and raised in would take part in race riots, or at least what was viewed as race riots, in the year 2001."

He is a founding member of the Cincinnati Glory Drum and Bugle Corps, in which he plays the drums.

·Marta Camille Anderson Haamid, 59, of Clifton. A resident of Cincinnati for more than 40 years, Haamid is a former probation officer for Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Hamilton County Adult Probation Department and for the Federal Probation Department of the United States Department of Justice.

"To be effective in her role as a probation officer, Mrs. Haamid was extremely discreet and respectful of the confidentiality of the process," wrote retired U.S. Appeals Judge Nathaniel R. Jones.

Haamid is a native of Washington D.C., where her mother taught in inner-city public schools and her father was a Central Intelligence Agency employee.

·Nancy Minson 56, of East Walnut Hills. The executive director of the Mental Health Association of the Cincinnati Area, Minson served on the Citizens Police Review Panel. She has designed and led mental health training for law enforcement for the past three years. Minson recently completed intensive training for 90 police officers, mandated by the settlement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.

·John Eby, 40, an electrical engineer who lives in Westwood. He is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. Eby is a member of the Westwood Civic Association and an active member of Westwood Concern.

Last year Eby organized Hands across District Three, a rally to show support for Cincinnati Police and their families.

"The day of the event over 1,300 community-minded citizens stood in support of the Cincinnati Police Department and their families," Eby wrote.

Among his references were Capt. Andrew Raabe of District Three Cincinnati Police and the Rev. Mark Burger of Holy Family Church. ©

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