DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton’s legal department is trying to set ground rules for the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana, the hate group that plans to be at courthouse square May 25.
Dayton has limited options, legally, to stop the rally from happening because of the Constitution.
Assistant City Attorney, Martin Gehres, says Dayton served an injunction of relief in early March.
That injunction is a move to stop something before it happens without money.
Dayton alleges that evidence points to a potential showing of militaristic force as members involved in the rally have been violent in the past..
If a Montgomery County judge rules in favor of the city, the rally could be potentially be stopped.
As the city waits, Dayton is pursuing a consent decree which outlines rules for the event. The hate group would have to agree to the rules, which isn’t going well.
“We do not want the hate group wearing masks on courthouse square where they are having the rally. We do not want them to have long guns, assault rifles or any firearms,” said Gehres.
Legally, the group has not responded to proposed rules. They have told the legal department they want to wear masks and carry guns.
“It’s (consent decree) a settlement agreement between the court and the 2 parties. That says if there is a violation of this agreement, certain steps would be taken,” said Gehres.
Steps that would need to be hammered out before May 25.
Dayton also wants the hate group in and out of town right away, but communication continues to be stagnant.
“Legally speaking, there is a constitution and this hate group has the right to hold a rally in Dayton. We can’t deny them a permit based on the content on their speech. Even if it’s content most people would disagree with,” said Gehres.
2 NEWS will keep you updated on any legal developments as it pertains to the rally.