HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds of protesters gathered at the entrance of NorthPark Shopping Center in Huber Heights Saturday.
People from Huber Heights and other communities joined together to speak out for the change they want to see.
“We’re tired, we need justice, we’re sick and tired of the cops beating on us and it’s like an every day thing,” protester and Huber Heights resident Dominick Bailey said.
Protesers Devynne Hauser and Ria Angel said they weren’t surprised to see the large crowd and said it’s important their message is heard.
“We’ve been quiet and silent for so long, it’s time to share and hear others, for others to hear our voices,” protester and Huber Heights resident Devynne Hauser said.
“If you’re not here, your’re not listening,” protester and Huber Heights resident Ria Angel said. “You’re not watching what’s happening. You’re not standing for anything.”
The NAACP Dayton Unit also attended the protest with a voter registration booth.
Unit president Derrick L. Foward said dozens of people registered that afternoon.
“At this time and moment in history when somebody has been killed with a foot on their neck, to send a message at the polls and exercise your right to vote,” Foward said.
Huber Heights city manager Rob Schommer was at the protest and said he is listening to the protesters’ voices.
“Once voices are heard, hopefully that’s the result, one of the first results, of all these voices being heard, is that there are conversations that continue and some of these changes that are needed are to actually take effect,” Schommer said.
The protest remained peaceful.
At one point, police did order the protesters to disperse to calm the crowd, get the protesters back on the sidewalk and reopen a closed lane of traffic.
Before the protest, Mayor Jeff Gore said in a post to Facebook that the City of Huber Heights, and the police, are dedicated to protecting the rights of the people protesting as well as the rights of property owners in the city.
Adding later that the city’s number one priority is everyones safety, and if the protests become violent in any way they will be dealt with quickly.