Cincinnatians Protest Racism, the Death of George Floyd

Thousands marched through downtown streets over five days, with hundreds detained by police.

Thousands of Cincinnati demonstrators joined those in cities across the United States, taking to the streets to protest systemic racism and voice their outrage at the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who died on Memorial Day when a Minneapolis Police Department officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Emotions were palpable as peaceful demonstrations at the Hamilton County Courthouse, the Cincinnati Police Department Headquarters, and Washington and Inwood parks, along with marches through the streets of downtown and Over-the-Rhine, at times erupted into confrontations with police and property damage.

Hundreds of protesters were detained throughout the first four days and nights of protest, during three of which partial and citywide curfews were implemented, for violating curfew, disorderly conduct, obstruction of official business, and failure to disperse. Demonstrations continued into the fourth day on Monday, with a peaceful protest on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse, a recurring meeting place for organizers.

Click through our gallery to see how three local photographers—Chris Von Holle, Lance Adkins, and Kelcey Mucker—documented local protests:

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