DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton’s #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd rally changed tones when protestors attempted to march onto the highway from Bainbridge. The Dayton Police Department reports that after an officer was injured from rocks and bottles being thrown they used chemical munitions to disperse the crowd.
2 NEWS’ Aliah Williamson is on the scene giving a play-by-play of events.
Here’s how the afternoon played out:
4:17 p.m. The Dayton Police Department are still asking crowds to disperse and is appreciative of those who have already left. Protestors are now in the street on 2nd Street and St. Clair Street. Police are controlling traffic flow to keep them safe as they walk.
3:18 p.m. Police have asked people to avoid Wayne Avenue from US 35 to Fourth Street because it is closed right now.
3:01 p.m. The police have made a statement saying that after an officer was injured chemical munitions were used. They added that rocks and bottle were thrown at officers on Wayne Avenue.
2:56 p.m. A protestor says that a lot of people were hurt in the exchange between protestors and police. She told Williamson that they used rubber bullets on the crowd and fired continuously. She also said that one man is being held by police after trying to attack them.
2:47 p.m. Williamson is reporting that a large number of protestors are walking away from the highway, where they were originally attempting to march. Brookville police officers and FiveRivers Metro Park rangers are on the scene. Police are now blocking Wayne Avenue from Fifth Street.
2:35 p.m. A medic with stretcher are on the scene but no word on why they are there.
2:17 p.m. Williamson says that the tone shifted. More officers are arriving on the scene and have now thrown tear gas into a crowd in Bainbridge to disperse them.
2:13 p.m. Protestors attempted to march on the highway but police blocked them and told them to disperse. SWAT was called to the scene and some officers have riot gear.
1:50 p.m. Protestors are marching 10 blocks, from Second Street to the Oregon District. There has been no word on how long they plan to march.
1:16 p.m. Protestors began marching down Third Street blocking some lanes in the process. Then marched for eight minutes around Dayton chanting, “no justice, no peace.”
1:12 p.m. 2 NEWS’ Aliah Williamson interviews Mayor Nan Whaley about the peaceful protest. Whaley believes it remained peaceful because Daytonian’s all feel they have a piece of the community and are invested in it. She was also thankful that peaceful protestors wore masks and observed social distancing standards.
1:04 p.m. Mayor Nan Whaley addressed the rally and thanked the crowd for their peaceful demonstration. Whaley also called for change across the country and said “black lives matter.”
12:53 p.m. Around 700 people are now in attendance at the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd rally. Police are present but the officers there are watching from across the street.
12:26 p.m. The crowd has doubled in size and remains peaceful. Speakers are taking to the stage, leading chants and sharing thoughts.
12:08 p.m. The #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd rally has officially begun in Dayton.
11:42 a.m. Between 50 and 100 people have gathered in front of the Federal Building on Second Street to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
11:39 a.m. Peaceful protesters have gathered early in downtown Dayton and chants have already started.