CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Protests over the death of George Floyd continued Wednesday in Cincinnati, six days after protesters first surrounded District 1 police headquarters calling for racial equality and an end to police brutality.
Looting occurred Friday and Saturday nights, and an officer’s helmet was grazed by a bullet in Corryville early Sunday morning.
But the protests have been peaceful each of the last two days. After hundreds of arrests over the weekend, CPD Chief Eliot Isaac said officers made just 17 arrests Tuesday night, of which 10 were curfew violations.
Cincinnati police say no protest-related arrests were made Wednesday as of 11 p.m.
Mayor John Cranley announced Wednesday afternoon he had extended the city’s curfew to Monday. The curfew will begin at 11 p.m. each night and conclude at 6 a.m. the following day.
“There is ongoing violence that is impacting police officers, citizens and peaceful protesters. The threats are real,” Cranley said.
As demonstrators showed up at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, police officers appeared to have turned in their SWAT gear for regular police clothes.
A contemporaneous UC student protest proceeded peacefully through Clifton. Two UC police officers knelt to show solidarity.
Around 6:20 p.m., protesters gathered behind Music Hall for a vigil against police violence. They had a moment of silence before breaking into chants of “Black lives matter!” and singing songs of perseverance. All of it was peaceful.
Isaac and Assistant Chief Paul Neudigate engaged with the protesters on Ezzard Charles outside District 1 headquarters.
“It is good to see the young people out today," Isaac said. “This has been a very peaceful group. This is what I would anticipate a peaceful demonstration to be. This is very good.”
“Beautiful crowd,” Neudigate added. “This is a big step. This is much better than where we were a few days ago."
Neudigate earned praise Tuesday for an empathic exchange with a protester outside City Hall. Video of the exchange was captured by FOX19 NOW’s media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Wednesday afternoon’s single potential flashpoint occurred when a car appeared to hit several people as the protest set up outside City Hall.
Police say they do not believe the incident was intentional.
Councilperson P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted the driver should not be given the benefit of the doubt in that regard.
Sittenfeld also took to Twitter Tuesday to describe measures the city has taken in the past two decades to improve policing as well as new measures he plans to introduce to address the concerns of the protesters.