City officials made the decision to end the curfew after a relatively peaceful Easter weekend, despite tensions following Saturday's emotional funeral for 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, an unarmed black shot by police. Police arrested 60 people for curfew violations Sunday after the mayor shortened the curfew by three hours so it ran from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
"City officials decided that the curfew will end today," Luken said after reviewing the situation at City Hall.
Luken said he would establish a special commission to explore racial relations in the city of 331,000, which is 43 percent black. The City Council planned, at a public meeting Tuesday, to discuss amending civil service laws to change the way the police chief is hired and fired.
Public Safety Director Kent Ryan resigned Friday, citing health reasons.
NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and other black leaders have criticized Police Chief Thomas Streicher for the aggressive conduct of officers they say fueled racial unrest. Members of the community will be permitted to address the council members.
The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a preliminary investigation to determine if police violated Thomas's civil rights as he was chased last Monday. A county grand jury is investigating the shooting by officer Steven Roach. Thomas, who had 14 misdemeanor warrants for traffic and other offenses, was the fourth black male killed by police since November and the 15th killed by officers or to die in custody since 1995.
Roach, 27, was placed on paid administrative leave.
More than 800 people were arrested since the violence began last Monday most during the first two nights of clashes between young blacks and police officers after the April 7 shooting. No clashes or vandalism were reported Sunday night.
The Cincinnati Enquirer said a 37-year-old high Louisville, Ky., schoolteacher hit by buckshot-filled beanbags fired into a crowd by police on Saturday remained hospitalized with a cracked rib, bruised lung and bruised spleen. Cincinnati Human Relations Commission Director Cecil Thomas, a former police officer for 27 years, called for an investigation to find out why police fired into a small group apparently unprovoked.
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