I met Father Bollman in 2001,
immediately after the April riots, at a community forum. He was among a small group of concerned
citizens who, during those troubled times, came to talk, to share grief
and anger, to take the first tentative steps toward building a united
city-wide coalition to address the escalating problems between the black
community and the Cincinnati police.
Asking the beautiful, shiny revelers occupying the part
of Vine Street comprising Gateway Quarter to recall and meditate on the
April 2001 riots, curfews and economic boycotts that erupted after
then-police officer Stephen Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas on
Republic Street is impossible.