A small group of Ku Klux Klan members penned in by fencing, surrounded by police and drowned out by hundreds of protesters, held a rally in Ohio with no reported clashes or problems.
The city of Dayton blocked streets with large trucks Saturday and brought in officers from other jurisdictions to keep protesters separated from members of an obscure Klan group called the Honorable Sacred Knights.
The group obtained a permit for the rally months ago. City officials and community leaders organized an effort called Dayton United Against Hate.
The NAACP and other groups gathered in a public park about a mile from Dayton’s downtown square where the Klan rally was held.
Dayton police says no one was arrested or injured.
The city urged people to stay away from downtown Saturday.
The Columbus Division of Police assisted Dayton Police at the rally.
Dayton police tweeted Saturday morning, saying that safety is always the department’s number on priority.
Safety is always our #1 priority…and we always appreciate & need the community’s help. If you’re in our city today, please “See Something, Say Something”
Notice something odd or suspicious, please call 937-333-COPS
Questions about the event? Check out https://t.co/UjALte8PgK — Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) May 25, 2019
Over 600 officers were in the Courthouse Square area, including enforcement from the University of Dayton, Dayton Police, Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Indiana group was contained behind a small gate inside Courthouse Square, surrounded by multiple large fences separating them from counter-protesters.
Police tell 2 NEWS the group wanted to present themselves this way, adding that they wanted to be out of range in case people tried to throw things at them. They were given the choice to have access to the entire square and declined.
Roughly a half hour into the rally, police warned counter-protesters not to shake the fence separating the two groups.