DAYTON – Less than a dozen members of the Honorable Sacred Knights – a Ku Klux Klan group from Indiana – were vastly outnumbered Saturday by hundreds of counterprotesters in Dayton.
Montgomery Courthouse Square and multiple blocks of downtown Dayton were shut down Saturday for the rally and protests that took place from 1 to 3 p.m. Law enforcement officials from Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland and multiple sheriff’s offices including Hamilton County’s patrolled the streets on foot, bike and horse.
Protestors against the HSK and any HSK supporters were separated by a number of city blocks, chain link fences and armed law enforcement.
Few, if any, HSK supporters made themselves known in the diverse crowd of counterprotesters.
According to Dayton Police, the plan was to keep the groups as separate as possible to prevent clashes. The event went on without incident.
A group of Antifa, dressed in all black with their faces covered, came out as temperatures reached 89 degrees. Two dozen members from the Party for Socialism and Liberation of led chants with megaphones.
Nine members from the Huey P. Newton Gun Club – a group that advocates for African American gun rights – arrived in full tactical gear with rifles. Dozens of other protesters were armed.
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Biehl said there were no arrests and no injuries reported.
“This ugly chapter is over, but it means we have to get back to the real work – making sure that no matter what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, that you can have a great life here in Dayton,” Whaley said.
City officials during a press conference Saturday afternoon told reporters that Saturday’s events cost the city around $650,000. They estimated more than 500 to 600 people came for the counterprotest.
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