Police arrested 20 people and 25 were hospitalized after a second night of
violence near downtown. About 40 people were treated for injuries, including
white motorists stopped and pulled from their cars in the
Shop owners and sanitation crews cleaned streets littered with debris and
broken glass in a 10-square-block area.
Black leaders called for nonviolence and a cooling-off period.
"Feelings and emotions are deep at this point. People are crying, enough
is enough," the Rev. James W. Jones, first vice president of Baptist
Ministers Conference, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"They've been crying out
to city fathers to bring justice, and it fell on deaf ears. How long will
people suffer and believe that they have not been heard? I don't want any
riot. I don't want any mob activity."
The City Council canceled a scheduled meeting at the request of Cecil
Thomas, executive director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, and
public safety officials. Rock-throwers had broken out several windows at
Police in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag ammunition
to disperse the crowd as they faced off Tuesday night. Vandals looted and
burned some stores, while others were untouched.
Hamilton County prosecutors and the FBI have opened a civil rights
investigation into Saturday's shooting of Timothy Thomas, 19, who was killed
by a single shot as he ran from police. Thomas was the fourth young
black man killed by police since November. Cincinnati police have
killed 15 people since 1995, all of them black.
"We are a city that is divided. We are a city that needs healing," said
Mayor Charles Luken. "It's time to cool off. We don't want anybody else to
Racial tensions have flared in the Queen City since the shooting.
Protesters disrupted a council committee meeting Monday where Angela
Leisure, Thomas's mother, made an emotional speech.
"I've heard you acknowledge the fact that you took a part of my life from
me," said Leisure. "I demand to know why."
Police have not said why officer Steve Roach shot Thomas, who was unarmed.
Thomas was being sought on 14 misdemeanor warrants for traffic violations
and offenses such as driving without a license and failure to wear a seat belt.
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