Posted on August 22, 2023

Man Indicted in Attack on Officer. Prosecutor Says He Wanted to Kill a White Cop.

Cameron Knight and Erin Couch, Cincinnati Enquirer, August 2, 2023

A man was indicted Wednesday on charges he tried to kill a Cincinnati police officer, beating him with the officer’s own baton and Taser and trying to gouge the officer’s eyes out.

Brandon Claiborne, 34, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Prosecutors say Claiborne, who is Black, wanted to kill a white police officer.

Brandon Claiborne

Brandon Claiborne

Prosecutor Melissa Powers said Officer Terry McGuffey suffered serious physical harm. Powers issued a statement Wednesday about what happened.

McGuffey responded to a call on July 23 at Sawyer Point for a report of a suspicious person.

“Officer McGuffey engaged in a brief conversation with Claiborne before Claiborne struck McGuffey in the face and wrestled him to the ground,” the statement said.

He grabbed McGuffey’s Taser and baton and use them to strike the officer.

“Claiborne attempted to gouge the officer’s eyes with his thumbs,” the statement said.


Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president Dan Hils said McGuffey is now home from the hospital and improving, though he is still experiencing symptoms from a head injury and vision issues. {snip}


“Situations like this are the direct result of a growing antipolice movement that is dehumanizing law enforcement,” Powers said. {snip}