DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton metropolis officers are celebrating what the police chief has known as an “uneventful” day after a KKK-affiliated group from Indiana held a rally at Courthouse Sq. Saturday afternoon.
9 members of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana have been contained behind a gate contained in the Sq., surrounded by a number of giant fences separating them from counter protesters.
Police instructed 2 NEWS the group wished to current themselves this fashion, including that they wished to be out of vary in case folks tried to throw issues at them. They got the selection to have entry to your complete Sq. and declined.
Teams of individuals marched down from streets across the metropolis to make their voices heard between 1 pm and three pm whereas the Indiana group spoke.
Over 600 officers have been within the Courthouse Sq. space, together with enforcement from the College of Dayton, Dayton Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Workplace, Toledo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and the Ohio State Freeway Patrol.
Roughly a half hour into the rally, police needed to warn counter protesters to not shake the fence separating the 2 teams.
Mayor Nan Whaley, Metropolis Supervisor Shelley Dickstein, and Police Chief Richard Biehl held a press convention after the occasion, saying they have been completely satisfied the rally got here and went with out incident.
No arrests have been made and no accidents have been reported.
“Daytonians demonstrated what we have identified all alongside, that we’re a group that may come collectively in a time of worry and anger and peacefully rise up for our neighbors,” stated Mayor Whaley, who went on to say this expertise “has helped shine a lightweight on the problems that proceed to divide us.”
“This ugly chapter is over, nevertheless it means we now have to get again to the true work: ensuring that it doesn’t matter what you appear to be, the place you come from, or who you like, that you would be able to have an excellent life right here in Dayton,” she stated.
Metropolis Supervisor Shelley Dickstein spoke on how a lot this occasion price the town, saying, “In preparation for this occasion, we estimate that we now have spent roughly 250 thousand dollars on personnel prices and nearly 400 thousand on contract and supplies.”
Montgomery County additionally spent roughly $50,000.
A extra precise quantity is predicted to be launched by the town throughout the subsequent week.
“Some could also be important of this funding. Sadly, in at this time’s world, the place people are free to open carry limitless numbers of weapons, and the place we now have seen autos pushed into crowds of peaceable protesters, we really feel this funding was vital,” she provides.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says that it was troublesome for officers to foretell precisely how many individuals would attend Saturday’s rally attributable to a lot discuss on social media and the variety of different occasions occurring across the metropolis.
He additionally gave preliminary estimates on how many individuals attended every main occasion:
Courthouse Sq.: 500-600 folks RiverScape: 30 folks McIntosh Park: 200 folks Oak and Ivy Park: 30 folks
“There have been no arrests, there was no use of power by police, there have been no accidents to anybody in attendance, there have been no citations issued. Usually talking, from a public security perspective, it was very uneventful regardless of the quantity of sources deployed,” he stated.
Anybody with questions on how day-to-day metropolis operations can be impacted by these occasions all through the weekend can examine the town’s particular net web page right here.
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