Injustice, fear, need for change: Protesters explain importance of protests

Injustice, fear, need for change: Protesters explain importance of protests
Protesters march on Cincinnati's police headquarters in Over-the-Rhine. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Ongoing injustice, fear, and the hope for change. These were just a few of the reasons protesters in Cincinnati say they joined in on Saturday’s marches.

“Adequate change for me I believe looks the same way that it would look like, on a day-to-day basis, for a regular white person," Briana Harper explained. "You get to go to the stores every single day without having to look over your shoulder to see if somebody is worried about you stealing.”

The manager of a business in Over-the-Rhine says she believes the protests are vital.

"It’s important to stand up for what we believe in. Standing up for what we believe in and we believe in the injustices that have been happening,” Tessa Clark said.

Another protester on Saturday says this is a good way to start change but people also need to get out and vote.

“The people that look like me are terrified just to be pulled over," Tylin Freeman said. "This is a good way to generate energy, but what we need for real change needs to happen at the polls.”

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley imposed a curfew for Saturday and Sunday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for downtown, OTR, the West End, and The Banks areas.

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Throughout hours of protests during the day on Saturday, only two people were arrested.

According to Lt. Steve Saunders, one of the women arrested spit in the face of an officer the other was arrested for trying to steal an officer’s.

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