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Cincinnati 12 Still in Custody; Reports of Police Abuses

Twelve activists who were arrested yesterday during an anti-police brutality protest in the upscale neighborhood of Mt. Adams remain in custody while reports of police abuses continue to trickle out of the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Twelve activists who were arrested yesterday during an anti-police brutality protest in the upscale neighborhood of Mt. Adams remain in custody while reports of police abuses continue to trickle out of the Hamilton County Justice Center.

The Cincinnati 12 have been using toilet paper to post messages on the jailhouse windows. One of the arrested, David Mitchell, has been choked and shocked with a taser-like devise according to Jenka of the New York IMC.

The 8 male prisoners have given their names. However, four female prisoners have not identified themselves. Bond hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. today. Those who give their names should be released later this afternoon, Jenka said during a cell phone interview from outside the jail. The remaining prisoners will be arraigned on Monday morning. It is expected the Cincinnati 12 will be charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The arrests occurred yesterday afternoon afternoon when a group of about 100 white activists broke away from the larger March for Justice to block an intersection in Mt. Adams. They then moved onto a sidewalk, and shortly thereafter the police charged the crowd using chemical irritants and began making arrests.

"People were following police orders and weren't doing civil disobedience when the arrests took place," Jenka said.

During the April riots that followed the police killing of Timothy Thomas, predominantly African-American neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine were subject to strict police controls while the mostly white residents of Mt. Adams were given police escorts from local bars to their homes.

"The African-American community has been incredibly supportive of this action," Jenka said. "We've received feedback that this will help bring together the anti-globalization movement and black and latino activists."

A dozen people camped outside the Justice Center last night. By noon, there were about 30 people on hand. To make donations to the legal defense fund, contact the Cincinnati Peoples Law Collective at 513-744-9607.
 
 

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