Police making final security preparations ahead of hate rally

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is preparing for both Saturday’s hate rally and several other alternative events and counterprotests. Police spent Friday making final security preparations

Law enforcement has erected a fence that will separate counter protesters from police and the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana.

Preparations have caught some off guard.

“I drove this way. they forced me all the way across the bridge on Second Street. So, I had to make a U-turn and come all the way back,” says Dayton resident Joseph Leader.

“It’s been a little bit of a nuisance. But I can run anywhere. not that big of a nuisance,” said another resident.

The fence may seem menacing, but there are signs hanging on it promoting love and unity, something city of Dayton residents are proud of.

“Our city is diverse, And we invite all who want to come to Dayton to live.” 

“I’m not about that. I love everybody. I think racism should be left at the door,” said Leader.

For more information about road closures and alternative events going on downtown this weekend, click here.

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