Press conference, statement regarding customer arrest

Public Library calls a press conference to discuss arrest

Senior leaders from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Main Library to discuss the arrest of a customer inside the Library on Friday, Sept. 22. The press conference is being held in the atrium of the South building.


Statement regarding the arrest of a customer at Main Library

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is deeply concerned by the events that took place Friday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2017, involving Charles Campbell. We would like to offer Mr. Campbell a sincere apology.

We believe in the importance of the First Amendment; it is not the intention of the Library to suppress anyone’s freedom of speech or bar them from visiting one of our locations.

The security officer involved was suspended pending an investigation. We have requested to have the charges dropped against Mr. Campbell, and his library suspension has been rescinded. We are also taking extra steps to ensure that our security staff is properly educated on our policies and procedures and when to involve the Cincinnati Police Department.