Friday, September 28, 2001

Verdict to violence, hour by hour




        Here's what unfolded in the nearly 24 hours after a Hamilton County judge acquitted Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach in Timothy Thomas' death, based on police and other records:

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        • 11:05 a.m. Wednesday: Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Ralph E. Winkler begins reading his verdict in a packed courtroom downtown.

        • 11:20 a.m.: As news of the acquittal spreads, a small crowd gathers outside the courthouse.

        • 2 to 6 p.m.: About 150 people pack Cincinnati City Council chambers. They plead for solutions to police-community problems and accuse council of failing to serve constituents.

        • 8:45 p.m.: Crowd of 100 to 150 forms outside New Freedom Church at Findlay and Elm streets for a vigil.
       • 9:30 p.m.: Rocks are thrown at vehicles and trash fires are set.
       • 9:45 p.m.: A car is set on fire on Mercer Street near Vine Street. More rocks and bricks are thrown. They injure car passengers, damage vehicles and drive firefighters from blazes.
        • 10:30 p.m.: At 13th and Republic streets, a pedestrian is struck in a hit-skip accident. The driver flees on foot and is arrested. A large crowd jeers police. Officers leave the area.

        • 10:35 p.m:. Incidents of rocks and bricks being thrown, and fires being set, escalate.
       • 10:55 p.m.: Cincinnati police begin a “voluntary” curfew in Over-the-Rhine, asking citizens to leave.

        • Midnight: Violence subsides.
       • 12:30 a.m. Thursday: Mayor Charlie Luken announces a state of emergency and immediate curfew that would last until 6 a.m.

        • 1 a.m.: Officers begin issuing curfew warnings. Criminal activity is “almost totally eliminated,” police say.
       • 2 p.m.: Mr. Luken urges residents to stay inside Thursday night. He orders an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

       



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