Unrest spread to other areas of Cincinnati last night in the third day of protests over the police shooting of a19-year old black man. Police gunned down Timothy Thomas as he fled from arrest for misdemeanor charges and trafficviolations, including failure to wear a seat belt. The officer who shot Thomas has been placed on paid administrativeleave.
Earlier yesterday, clergy working to restore calm warned city officials that African American residents havelegitimate fears that must be addressed. One clergyman said that in a city where 15 black men have died at the handsof police since 1995 — including four since November — the issue is getting the police under control.
But Mayor Charles Luken said the city may request National Guard assistance to quell the uprising if protests, whichhave been accompanied by property damage and looting, continue.
- Pastor Damon Lynch, Pastor of the New Prospect Baptist Church in Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH.