Dayton protest: A timeline of events from gathering protesters to curfew

On Saturday, crowds took to the streets of Dayton for most of the day to protest the police custody death of George Floyd. People began to arrive around 11:30 a.m. At 9 p.m., a curfew went into effect for the Oregon District and other portions of Dayton.

11:30 a.m.: Protesters began to arrive. The protest began with speeches of protest and peace. Protesters then marched to the Oregon District in the afternoon and attempted to walk down Wayne Avenue toward U.S. 35 before they were turned back by police.

On Wayne Avenue, protesters threw rocks and water bottles at Dayton police officers. Police used tear gas against the crowd, dispersing them.

During the afternoon, people milled around downtown shouting at cars that drove by. Some buildings were vandalized with graffiti and many buildings saw broken windows.

PHOTOS: Damage in the aftermath of Saturday protests in Dayton

2 p.m.: Protesters began to move towards the highway. Dayton Police asked that protesters avoid the highway on Twitter. Several roads were closed in the area and police warned drivers to be aware of pedestrians in the roads.

3 p.m.: Dayton Police tweeted that an officer was injured near Wayne avenue after protesters threw rocks and bottles. They reported that "chemical munitions" were deployed when the protest became violent. Wayne Avenue between US 35 and Fourth Street was briefly closed. Protesters countered that police used chemicals first, then protesters responded with rocks and bottles.

Around 3:30 p.m., emergency radio communications indicated that portions of I-75 were closed in Dayton as protesters tried to make their way onto the highway. Traffic was heavily backed up, according to our photographer on scene. It was unclear if protesters actually made their way onto the highway, however.

4 p.m.: Main and Fifth Street was impassable to traffic due to the number of protesters in the intersection. 

7 p.m.: A large group of protesters gathered at Courthouse Square near the Dayton Safety Building on West Third Street. The group reportedly became more violent and vandalized the Dayton Safety Building as well as other buildings in Downtown Dayton and in the Oregon District.

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7:30 p.m.: Police reportedly began using tear gas against protesters at Third and Ludlow streets. They also began shooting rubber bullets at protesters, who threw tear gas canisters back towards police. At 8:22 p.m., Dayton Police tweeted that there was a "dangerous traffic situation" in the area.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley enacted a curfew that begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. for downtown Dayton and the Oregon district. She said the curfew will be in place “until the threat to public safety is eliminated.”

9 p.m.: Police announced over bullhorn that people were to leave the area. At one point, several tear gas canisters were deployed.

Large crowds began leaving downtown. As crowds dispersed, two gun shots were heard in the area of Third and Jefferson streets. Police were seen running toward the area. A witness told our reporters that a man had shot a gun into the air and ran into MJ’s, a bar on Jefferson Street. No injuries were reported.

At least 15 people were arrested and one deputy injured during protests in Dayton Saturday, according to Police Chief Richard Biehl.

Two people were arrested for felonies and 13 for misdemeanors. About one third of those arrested were not from Dayton, Biehl said.

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