Posted by Trina Edwards - email
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP and the president of the Baptist Ministers Conference were arrested Wednesday morning.
Christopher Smitherman, 42, and Rev. Dock Foster, 63, were both taken into custody for criminal trespassing at North Avondale School.
The man were allegedly taking part in a protest over minority contracting in Cincinnati Public Schools by blocking the entrance to a construction site at North Avondale Elementary.
According to the police report, Smitherman and Foster were asked to leave the property several times and refused to do so.
Cincinnati Public School officials held an outreach meeting Wednesday morning to discuss how contractors can participate in energy conversation work to be performed in the district over the next 18 months.
Smitherman and Foster were taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center around 7 a.m.