CINCINNATI -- Another District 5 officer has been diagnosed with cancer while the city's plans to move officers from their troubled headquarters on Ludlow Avenue continue to be delayed, according to FOP President Dan Hils.
Hils has called the building a "dump." He said he plans to hold a news conference Tuesday.
"We can’t control all the situations that we get sent to, but I think the least that we can ask for is to have good working conditions in the place where we start and end our shift," Hils said. "I just want to say, my patience is done."
The widow of a District 5 officer sued the city early this year, alleging "toxic and hazardous" conditions there caused his cancer. Some District 5 employees have complained that asbestos, mold and bugs there are related to health problems.
One sign posted during a tour for council members in December stated that 13 people "got cancer" there. Council members Wendell Young and Charlie Winburn said they found bugs, spiders and mold.
"I would refuse to work in this building," Young said.
"The Cincinnati Police Department is aware of the additional concerns for our employees that work out of the District Five police station," Police Chief Eliot Isaac said in a statement Monday afternoon. "The Police Department and other City Departments are in the process of accessing temporary locations on a leased basis and are working toward a long term solution as well.
"We encourage the Fraternal Order of Police and District Five employees that have concerns to work with the administration to find solutions that will provide a safe environment for all of our employees to work in. Please understand that these concerns are a top priority and we are attempting to address this matter as expeditiously as possible in order to find a workable solution for all involved."