City of Dayton and KKK-affiliated group reach consent agreement

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton announced a consent agreement reached between the KKK-affiliated group and the city that outlines some limitations for a planned rally.

The rally is planned to be held at Courthouse Square on May 25.

Dayton City Attorney Barbara Doseck made the announcement during a news conference Monday afternoon.

While the City was not able to get all the things they wanted in the agreement, Doseck said they were able to get most of the City’s priorities in it.

Some of the items prohibited include:

  • long guns
  • rifles
  • shotguns
  • knives
  • baseball bats
  • shields

The group also agreed not to wear tactical gear during the rally.

Doseck said, “This group shall not incite any violence against our residents or solicit violence during its rally.”

The group “allowed” the Dayton Police Department to dictate several according to Doseck. This includes entering and exiting the rally at a location and time determined by the police department. The group is also expected to immediately leave downtown Dayton after the rally.

Doseck said if the group fails to comply with the terms of the agreement the police may immediately shut down the rally and “remove the hate-group from Courthouse Square”.

Many organizations around the Dayton area are planning to host a community-friendly event during the same day and time of the KKK-affiliated group’s rally.

Doseck said, “The City’s primary goal is keeping our residents safe while this rally occurs.” Doseck continued, “The agreement does not mean that we accept their hateful views or that their presence is supported by our leadership, our community or our residents.”

Here’s the full video of the city’s announcement:

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