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Protesters march downtown at Black Lives Matter rally for Freddie Gray

Hundreds of people gather downtown for a Freddie Gray rally (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) Hundreds of people gather downtown for a Freddie Gray rally (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
Hundreds gathered for a protest Thursday in downtown on the heels of the demonstrations erupting in Baltimore this week. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross) Hundreds gathered for a protest Thursday in downtown on the heels of the demonstrations erupting in Baltimore this week. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross)
The crowd at the courthouse swelled to several hundred people before dispersing after about two hours. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross) The crowd at the courthouse swelled to several hundred people before dispersing after about two hours. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross)
Protesters march to police headquarters (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) Protesters march to police headquarters (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Hundreds gathered for a protest Thursday in downtown on the heels of the demonstrations erupting in Baltimore this week.

The Black Lives Matter group held a protest in support of Baltimore and Freddie Gray. Organizers asked the community to gather outside the Hamilton County Courthouse off Main and Court streets Downtown.

The crowd at the courthouse swelled to several hundred people before dispersing after about two hours. From there, dozens took to the streets, marching and chanting, to Cincinnati Police headquarters on Ezzard Charles Drive.

During the portion of the march to police headquarters, officers made rolling closures for protestors before telling them to stay on the sidewalk if they planned to continue walking. From there, they traveled to Fountain Square.

“I'm out here because I've got passion for this. These are my people. This is my city. Not just here in Cincinnati, but everywhere. I feel for my people,” said one protestor at the rally downtown.

"I think this is one of the most crucial things in our generation to be a part of. They talked about it earlier today - previous generations, this has been an ongoing problem,” said Steven Jansen of Cincinnati who was at the rally at the courthouse.

At least one protestor was cited by police during the course of the march.

The group was calling for the arrest and indictment of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, for the city of Baltimore to lift its curfew and the immediate release of all protesters with charges dropped. 

Gray died earlier this month after suffering a fatal spinal injury while he was in the custody of police. Authorities have not said how Gray was hurt. 

During initial protests in Baltimore several officers were injured, several seriously.

Last year, a Cincinnati protest following the Ferguson, Missouri, riots spilled from Downtown onto Interstate 75. Protesters blocked and shut down both sides of the highway during their "Hands up for Justice" rally. Eight people were arrested after ignoring police orders to stay off the highway.

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