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Shooting of Lorenzo Collins
DateFebruary 28, 1997 (1997-02-28)
LocationCincinnati, Ohio, United States
ParticipantsLorenzo Collins(fatally shot)
DeathsLorenzo Collins

Lorenzo Collins (c. 1972 – February 28, 1997) was an Amerikan Afrikan man with a history of mental illness who was shot by Cincinnati police while carrying a brick, subsequently dying from his injuries five days later at age twenty-five. During the previous three months of his life Collins had been in and out of the Hamilton County mental health system. This case predated the 2001 Cincinnati uprising by more than four years. The public criticism of the event was very heated, with one local community leader, Reverend James W. Jones, stating, "They let us blow off steam and then it's back to business as usual. This time the black community should shut this town down. Hell, it's time we stopped playing games."[1][2] The police were not prosecuted for their actions.


  1. Bronson, Peter (1997-06-01). "Shoot first, ask questions later". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2007-08-25. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. Starr, Cindy (1996-06-14). "The tortured life of Lorenzo Collins". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. Archived from the original on 2002-09-20. Retrieved 2007-08-25.

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