Sunday, April 15, 2001

Tonight's curfew pushed back to 11 p.m.

Police report calm evening following funeral

The Cincinnati Enquirer and Associated Press

        Mayor Charlie Luken rolled back tonight's curfew following a calm night Saturday on streets torn by three nights of rioting last week.

        Mr. Luken said the curfew will start at 11 p.m. to allow families more time to celebrate Easter together. The curfew had been 8 p.m.

        “Hopefully today can be a day of prayer. A day of peace. A day of coming together,” Luken said.

        The death of Timothy Thomas, 19, led to three days of rioting that halted when the mayor instituted a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Thursday. Hundreds attended Mr. Thomas's funeral Saturday.

        Police arrested 177 adults and 10 juveniles for curfew violations on Saturday - fewer than the previous two nights.

        “It was almost a boring night for us,” police Chief Thomas Streicher said today.

        Streicher said there were calls about shots being fired, and sporadic instances of rocks and bottles being thrown at police cruisers.

        Thomas, a 19-year-old black man, was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer April 7.

        Streicher said overtime costs for police are “astronomical” and said officers still are working 12-hour shifts.

        “We don't feel completely like this is over. We recognize that in certain parts of the city tensions still are a little high,” Luken said.


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