Tensing supporters met by counter demonstration
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Organizers canceled a vigil that was to be held to support Ray Tensing Monday evening at Sawyer Point. A couple dozen supporters still showed up and were met by a counter demonstration.
"Due to the ongoing threat for violence and personal attacks we regret that the Purple People Bridge vigil for Ray Tensing will be canceled," reads a statement posted on the Support Ray Tensing Facebook page.
Online threats had organizers concerned for the safety of supporters, law enforcement, and the general public. The cancellation announcement came just 20 minutes before the vigil was supposed to begin, so several supporters were already at the bridge. "There's probably a lot more people that would be down here, but they're probably scared to death," says Jan Cushing who came out to show her support for Tensing.
The people who showed up to the vigil prayed as activists with Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations started chanting. The counter demonstrators followed along as Tensing supporters crossed the Purple People Bridge. "I wanted to come out and take a stand with those who really feel passionately that justice wasn't served in this case," says Jeff Scott of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
The demonstration remained peaceful, albeit tense at some points. Organizers with the Support Ray Tensing movement say they're planning a private meeting this Saturday. They have an online petition asking that federal civil rights charges not be brought against Tensing. As of Monday night, it has almost 6,000 signatures.