DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Chapter of the NAACP and Huber Heights city leaders held a joint news conference Thursday to discuss the planned Saturday protest in Huber Heights.
Chapter President Dr. Derrick L. Foward said the NAACP supports the protestors but had some words of warning for those who would use the opportunity to cause damage.
“Violent troublemakers who disrupt and endanger participants of the peaceful protest will be dispersed, apprehended and charged to the fullest extent of the law.” Foward said the NAACP and city leaders want this to be a peaceful protest and want the people’s voices to be heard.
“There is no legitimate reason or need to endanger lives, destroy property or commit any other type of crime in order to successfully protest,” said Foward. “Any damage to property, threats to the rights of peaceful protestors or other civil disorder is a crime and not a protest.”
Foward stressed in the news conference that the NAACP and the city support the protestors’ right to do so but said he wanted it to be done in a peaceful and orderly manner.
Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer said the city recognized all the rights of the residents and visitors as well as the duty to protect them. “We will remain focused on protecting the safety and rights of peaceful protestors and the peace and good order of our community in order to support and stand with those whose voices desperately need to be heard,” Schommer said.
Chief of Police Mark Lightner said the Division of Police has no reason to believe this protest planned for Saturday will be anything other than a peaceful event. Lightener said the organizers have made it clear to police that is the intent of the protest.
The protest is scheduled to begin in Huber Heights at the Northpark Shopping Center on Old Troy Pike at 5 pm.
Foward said the protests and demonstrations will likely continue until the four officers arrested for George Floyd’s death are convicted.
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