A Black Lives Matter rally earlier this year near Western Hills High School (FOX19 NOW/file)
OVER-THE-RHINE (FOX19) -
The shootings of 11 police officers, including five who died, during a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas isn't prompting Cincinnati police to increase security at one planned here Sunday, at least at this point.
Lt. Steve Saunders said just before 7 a.m. Friday that police will handle the protest as any other event and staffing will remain the same - for now
Captain Mike Neville, who oversees the city's special events unit, referred questions Friday morning to Police Chief Eliot Issac and City Manager Harry Black. He said the matter likely will be discussed later in the day.
The Black Lives Rally already was scheduled for Sunday in Over-the-Rhine before snipers wounded 6 officers and killed 5 Thursday night in downtown Dallas.
It was organized after the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling this week in Minnesota and Louisiana.
At a meeting Thursday night, organizers expressed their frustration and got “collective clarity” on police brutality and the protest plan.
Sunday’s 4 p.m. protest will start at District 1 police headquarters in the West End and proceed to the corner of 13th and Republic streets.
That's where Timothy Thomas, 19, was shot and killed by a police officer in 2001, sparking riots.
From that point, the group will move to Washington Park for a rally vigil.