EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Three-dozen demonstrators gathered Monday evening outside East Cleveland City Hall for a peaceful protest of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and other instances of police misconduct.
The demonstration bore no resemblance to a Saturday protest that devolved into a riot in downtown Cleveland. Instead, local activists marched up and down Euclid Avenue outside City Hall. They used a megaphone to call for justice for Floyd and others killed by police officers across the U.S., and more accountability for law enforcement.
Organizer Justin Anderson, an East Cleveland resident, drew a distinction between the group that protested Monday evening and agitators who set fire to police cars, smashed windows and looted businesses in downtown Cleveland. But he said the activists who gathered outside City Hall believe police should be held accountable for misconduct.
“We support the good officers, but if there are bad officers, we don’t want you in our city,” he said.
Art McKoy, the founder of activist group Black on Black Crime, spoke during the rally and denounced anyone involved in violence Saturday in Cleveland.
“We must separate ourselves from the thieves,” McKoy said. “If we don’t, they’ll destroy the proud businesses have have in our community.”
The rally took place hours before a curfew is scheduled to go into effect in East Cleveland from 9:30 p.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday. The city of Cleveland also instituted a curfew in the wake of Saturday’s riot, which is scheduled to expire at 8 p.m. Sunday. Several Northeast Ohio cities have taken additional precautions as rumors of more unrest have circulated online; Beachwood Place and Legacy Village each closed Sunday asa precaution.
Other rallies held in Northeast Ohio since Saturday have been peaceful, including demonstrations in Lorain on Sunday and Painesville on Monday.
Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:06:00 +0000