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2,000 Protest Economy, Treatment of Blacks

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / OHIO

June 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

More than 2,000 people marched in Cincinnati to peacefully protest economic conditions and police treatment of blacks in this city where rioting broke out in April after an unarmed black man was shot by a white police officer.

Protesters traveled through the neighborhood where 19-year-old Timothy Thomas was shot April 7. His death sparked three nights of rioting in Over-the-Rhine, a mostly black, poor area of the city.

Police said Thomas was wanted on traffic violations and charges of fleeing police. Officer Stephen Roach, 27, said he shot Thomas because he felt threatened.

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