Momentum Against Police Brutality Continues With Sunday March
The group Cincinnati For Racial Justice held a protest against police brutality at Washington Park on Sunday, calling it a continuation of its first march that took place on June 7 and attracted thousands.
That march attracted the largest crowd of that weekend's demonstrations, which WVXU photographer Jason Whitman at the time called "massive." This past Sunday's event was no different, boasting a large crowd but, according to Whitman, not as many as two weeks ago.
The second event's listing on Facebook says "we must keep the momentum going" and urges prospective attendees to make "it bigger and better than last time!"
The demonstration was held in honor of the recent killings of Black men and women by white police officers, a movement that has taken over not just Cincinnati but the entire nation after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd for nearly nine minutes on May 25, ultimately killing him.
Whitman reported the demonstration was peaceful, with one noticeable difference from the last march: Some attendees openly carrying fire arms.
One man carried an assault-style rifle, though it is unclear if he was with the demonstrators.
The group gathered at Washington Park marched to the Hamilton County Courthouse and City Hall, where a week ago Black artists painted a "Black Lives Matter" street mural on Plum Street, before returning to Washington Park.
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