“This curfew is not created to stifle peaceful protest,” Ginther said. “The protests have escalated from peaceful to antagonistic to vandalism.”
Multiple vehicles, including police and fire vehicles, were damaged during protests, Ginther reported. He said that five police officers were injured in the protests.
Columbus Chief of Police Thomas Quinlan said the community of Columbus is suffering as police resources are restrained by the protesters. He said that officers are unable to respond to calls such as domestic violence.
“I am grateful for those protesting for legitimate change,” Quinlan said.
Major General John Harris Jr. of the Ohio National Guard emphasized that the Ohio National Guard will not be enforcing marital law within the city.
Harris said that the force responding to Columbus is specifically trained for situations to Columbus.
“They understand the anger, they understand the rage and it’s our purpose to treat every person with dignity and respect,” Harris said. “We will ensure that the people of Ohio and property of Columbus is protected.”
The address was available to watch on Gov. DeWine’s Facebook Page.
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