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The Daily Banter: Ric Bucher Clarifies His "Cops Targeting Athletes" Comment

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+ The Enquirer's Joe Reedy decides to take a detailed look into Ric Bucher's remarks that the Cincinnati police are targeting athletes writing:

Of the 21 arrests since ‘05, four have been by Cincinnati Police, which doesn’t seem to indicate a pattern of profiling. Of the remaining 17, six were outside of Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, three were by the Ohio Highway Patrol, three were in Covington, two in Boone County, and one each by Newport, Taylor Mill and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife (the Eric Steinbach boating incident).

Bucher slightly retracted his comments saying that he meant "more about the general area than Cincinnati Police specifically."

“It wasn’t the four-five years, the last 40 years there has always been perception. Whether it’s reality or not, I’ve had friends who have been of the opinion.  If I was going to put in proper (context), it’s a belief, opinion or (argument) rather than factual. If I erred it was specifically in the idea of saying Cincinnati police.”

To be honest, it's sad that we have to go here.

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