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Six Baltimore officers charged, police perception changing?

Protests broke out Thursday in Cincinnati in honor of Freddie Gray (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross) Protests broke out Thursday in Cincinnati in honor of Freddie Gray (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Wayne Cross)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Hundreds of Cincinnati residents have made it loud and clear through this week that they're standing in solidarity with the city of Baltimore amid the protests there.

A demonstration held in Cincinnati on Friday, as well as Thursday night, drew supporters with passionate message about police-community relations, something that's become a very hot topic nationwide.

On Friday, six Baltimore police officers were arrested and charged with the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. 

"I definitely don't think this is representative of police departments as a whole,” said Delhi Township Police Chief Jim Howarth.

What Howarth is talking about is what's dominating Friday's headlines as news of the charges came down against Baltimore police officers.

"I don't think the majority definitely aren't out there saying all police officers are like this. Not all law enforcement is like this. Here in our community, I don't believe people are believing that about us,” Howarth said.

Protestors took to Cincinnati streets Thursday night after a rally at the county courthouse armed with that message in mind. Some of them making that message critical of police.

"They all breaking all the rules back here and they're telling us we shouldn't break the rules,” said one protestor at the doors of Cincinnati Police headquarters.

On the streets of Cincinnati, and nationwide, the conversation continues about the social issue that is police-community relations.

"Some of them are good. Some of them are not,” said one man who talked with FOX19 NOW.

"There are a lot of police officers who do a great job, and I'm grateful to the service they provide. I feel like there are some that, perhaps, overstep their boundaries,” said Rebecca Messenger.

At least one local police leader believes that, too. There are some bad apples, he believes, that shouldn't spoil the good name.

"I make no bones about it. If there's officers in the wrong, they need to be held accountable. Nobody's above the law,” Howarth told FOX19 NOW.

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