Two officers were injured as a night of holiday festivities ended in chaos Saturday at Fountain Square, police said.
Cincinnati... will we see black riots in this city as we did in 2001?
Cincinnati police made their way to the downtown area at about 11 p.m. just as Fourth of July events and the Reds game were wrapping up. Witnesses said police were directing crowds when a fight broke out among a group of youths.
Several witnesses reported people setting off fireworks in trash cans, and throwing fireworks and other objects at police officers.
"The police were outnumbered for a minute. Everything was chaotic. They had cars stopped. Everything was out of control," said witness Reggie Finley.
District commanders called in additional police in protective gear.
"The police were coming at a high rate of speed. They had their sirens on, and as the minutes went by more and more police filtered in," a witness said, who asked not to be identified.
The action moved from Fountain Square and moved down 5th Street near Government Square.
"There were about 30 cars that responded; lights and sirens were going, the police were jumping out of the cars and they were arresting people (and) putting them into cars," a witness said, who requested not be identified.
"I can say I wish it couldn't have happened, but as it did occur, I think it was handled very well. (It’s) just an indication that sometimes, yes, we have to take on matters the way they are approached to us,” Capt. Michael Neville said.
Several young people were detained by police. Two officers were treated for minor injuries and at least one other person was taken to a hospital for a head injury, police said.
Police said two men were arrested in connection with the incident. Jy Quinne Britten, 21, was charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Gary Sheffield, 29, was also arrested. He is accused of misconduct for not clearing the scene.
City Council members and residents are commend police officers for the restraint they displayed during Saturday's incident.
"Certainly we like to see the kind of restraint the officers showed and the ability to get the job done with as little damage to anybody as possible," Councilman Wendell Young said.City Councilman Wendell Young is a black man, who is more excited about two officers being injured by a black mob in Cincinnati then siding with the police as they put down the black mob.
After all, these "unruly" black juveniles were only shooting fireworks at police... hardly breaking the law, right Councilman Young?
Worse, who is this unidentified "innocent" man who was sent to the hospital, courtesy of the black mob?
It's only a matter of time before another American city is consumed in the same righteous fire Baltimore was swept up in late April/early May.
Only a matter of time...
Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV