Fifth day of protests peaceful, subdued in downtown Cincinnati

Protests continue Tuesday in Downtown Cincinnati
Updated: Jun. 3, 2020 at 5:36 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The fifth day of protests continued Tuesday as demonstrators made their way back to the Hamilton County Courthouse in downtown Cincinnati.

Most of the protesters dispersed as the city’s curfew took effect at 8 p.m., but some remained afterward.

A protester told FOX19 NOW she’d spoken with Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate prior to the curfew.

The woman says Neudigate told her if the protesters moved out of the area quickly, police would not enforce the curfew right away.

They confirm Neudigate agreed to the deal with protesters Tuesday.

Police said they took a man into custody around 8:20 p.m. Officers also warned others nearby the curfew had taken effect.

Protests continue for fifth day in Downtown Cincinnati

Police did not announce more arrests late Tuesday or early Wednesday, a change over the past three days when hundreds were taken into custody, mostly for curfew violations.

The crowd seemed to swell and shrink throughout the day, at some points matching the fever pitch of last weekend, at others comprising just a few dozen participants.

Its tone was largely peaceful, though an altercation unfolded involving a man carrying a Thin Blue Line flag around 7:30 p.m., and the last hour of the protest devolved into a cacophonous, ear-splitting honk-a-thon.

Man with Blue Line Flag shows up at protest

Hundreds also took part in Monday’s protests, which were filled with significant moments.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and three deputies took a knee outside the county courthouse in a moment of solidarity with demonstrators, who cheered.

SEE NOW | Hamilton Co. sheriff, deputies kneel with protesters in moment of solidarity

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac delivered another prominent moment as protests continued into the evening hours by kneeling with other Cincinnati police officers outside of District 1 headquarters in the West End.

WATCH | Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac takes a knee in the wake of calls from protesters

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