On November 11 of 2010, a gentleman visiting the Public Library in downtown Cincinnati started following another visitor at the library—an attractive young woman. He was so attracted to her; he opened up his pants and started masturbating. This happened on the second floor.
Frightened, the woman approached security who apprehended the man. While on the elevator to get him to the first floor, the man pulled an 8 and a half inch knife on the security officers. The officers kept the situation under control and no one was hurt.
Did you read about this in a local paper or hear about it from one of our local news stations? No. I learned of it from a reliable source who works at the library. That source wants to remain anonymous.
On November 19, 2010, at the Covedale branch of the Public Library, five girls entered the library with the intent to be violent and destructive. While fighting, books were thrown off shelves, and tables were overturned. Security could not take care of the situation because there was no security.
A library worker called 9-1-1. It took five minutes for an operator to answer. Even worse, it took the Cincinnati Police Department 45 minutes to respond to the call.
Again, no mention of this violence in local papers or on local television. Again, I received this information from a reliable source associated with the library.
The local media is all too happy to report on events happening at the Public Libraries of Cincinnati, but does very little in reporting the real news—namely violence—that’s happening there. You have the library officials who deal with the media to thank for that. It’s called damage control.
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