Sep. 27, 2001
Enquirer News Update - Updated 5:33 pm
Police step up Over-the-Rhine patrols today
Curfew in effect at 11 tonight,
By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer
As extra police units continued patrolling Over-the-Rhine and
the West End today, Mayor Charlie Luken announced this
afternoon he would again impose a curfew - but move it back an
hour to 11 p.m. to accommodate businesses.
Mr. Luken set an overnight curfew late Wednesday that
officials said today helped minimize the civil unrest in the wake of
the acquittal of police officer Stephen Roach for the April shooting
death of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas.
Cincinnati police overnight arrested 12 adults and two
juveniles related to the unrest.
Of the 12 adults arrested, four
were solely for violating the curfew,
which ended 6 a.m. today. The others
were for various minor charges,
including disorderly conduct and having
an open flask in public. The two juveniles were charged only with
violating the curfew.
Police Lt. Kurt Byrd said the curfew helps keep the peace.
''We'll use discretion in enforcement,'' he said.
''That's why we had so few arrests last night. It was a great
tool for us last night, it worked well, but we used discretion
because some people were unaware it was in effect.''
Angenett Dority, 32, of Over-the-Rhine, was charged with
disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, for allegedly
feeding a fire that had been set in a garbage can in the 100 block
of East 14th Street at 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, Mayor Luken has asked the Rev. Damon Lynch
III and other ministers not to hold outside demonstrations tonight.
''I did call Rev. Lynch this morning and asked him not to
march,'' the mayor said. ''He said he would not. The proof is in the
Mr. Luken set a later curfew tonight ''so businesses can get
the lion's share of their revenue,'' he said.
Mr. Luken called Wednesday night's curfew after 11:30 p.m.,
when city Safety Director Greg Baker told him officers were
threatened and fire had broken out, and that the unrest had ''a
similar feel to April.''
City firefighters wore bullet-proof vests and were
accompanied on fire runs by police escort. Cincinnati firefighters
made 30 fire runs throughout Over-the-Rhine, but no businesses
By late Wednesday night, two civilian cars were set aflame
and one police van window was shattered, police said. Numerous
rocks and bottles were thrown by protesters.
The turbulence caused firefighters at Engine No. 5, at Clifton
Avenue and Vine Street, to move to Engine No. 29, at Liberty and
Linn Street. They went back to their station this morning but
planned to relocate again tonight.
In April, ''sometimes we just let (the fires) burn. Last night,
we put out everything we found,'' said Cincinnati Fire Chief David
Collini. ''We don't know what's going to happen tonight.''
Arson investigators this morning also responded to a fire at
Elm and Elder in Over-the-Rhine in which a man suffered
third-degree burns over much of his body. It was not clear if it was
related to the unrest.
Contributing: Enquirer staff reporters Susan Vela
and Robert Anglen