DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against the hate group planning to hold a rally at Courthouse Square in May.
The complaint asked the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas to intervene in the rally.
The city said this lawsuit was filed because, “it has become clear the group seeking to rally is a paramilitary organization that is attempting to hold a militaristic rally in violation of the Ohio Constitution.”
The city is requesting the court to declare the paramilitary activity illegal and “enjoin the hate group from violating the Ohio Constitution and from creating a public nuisance.”
“Like many of you, the commissioners and I were distressed to learn that this group planned to hold their event in Dayton and that Montgomery County was legally obligated to accept their permit,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said. “I have been heartened by the response of Daytonians – our community has made it completely clear that hate is not a Dayton value.”
A forum was announced to discuss the community’s response to the rally. It’s scheduled to be held at Grace United Methodist Church at 1001 Harvard Blvd. on March 20 at 7 p.m.
“(We) will not allow our city to be threatened by this group or their message of hate,” Whaley said. “The city conedmens any attempt to divide our community and intimidate our neighbors.”
The rally, to be held by the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, is scheduled for May 25.