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A More Peaceful Night In Downtown, Cincinnati And In West Chester

Jason Whitman
Protests at the Courthouse in Downtown, Cincinnati on day five.

On a fifth night of protests in Cincinnati the demonstrations ended in time for the city's imposed curfew at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Also on Tuesday evening, West Chester saw its first protest. West Chester's Police Chief Joel Herzog let a group break the township’s newly formed 30-day curfew.

Speaking with neighbors, community leaders and police in Butler County is Journal-News reporter Rick McCrabb. He joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss the protests, along with WVXU reporter Tana Weingartner and freelance photographer Jason Whitman who covered the protests outside the Hamilton County Courthouse in downtown, Cincinnati. 

Meantime, a group of lawyers, religious leaders and activists are banding together to help protesters. They call themselves the Cincinnati Mass Defense Coalition and they are offering "to provide jail support to people in custody, to bail people out, to organize lawyers to fight unfounded charges in the courts, and to provide support to our community as people stand up in the fight against racist policing and brutality."

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the group are Ohio Justice and Policy Center Executive Director and Attorney at Law David Singleton; Beloved Community Church Senior Pastor and Xavier University Center for Faith and Justice Faith and Race Program Director Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr.; and Beloved Community Church Community Organizer Robin A. Wright.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.