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Cincinnati prosecutor who charged officer: 'When I indict a murderer, I don't pull punches'

Cincinnati prosecutor who charged officer: 'When I indict a murderer, I don't pull punches'

To put it simply, Joseph T. Deters, a law-and-order Republican from Hamilton County, Ohio, is not a prosecutor who's known for sending cops to jail. When he announced Wednesday that he had obtained a grand jury indictment for murder against a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist, Deters, 58, became an instant celebrity. His expressions of disgust and dismay at the traffic stop that left a motorist with a fatal gunshot wound to the head spread rapidly across social media. But the longtime prosecutor says his recommendation to the grand jury was based on a clear-eyed assessment of the facts. “I've reviewed probably 100 police shootings. This was...

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