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Over-The-Rhine Stays Safe During Big Event
Thirty five thousand people, over two nights in one place in Over-The-Rhine overwhelmed police at first. It was more people than anyone expected to the Lumenocity music and light show. The crowds gathered in Washington Park for the visual and audio experience. The problem is, Washington Park is built to accommodate five thousand people.
Cincinnati Police Captain Gary Lee said he was sitting in his office on Ezzard Charles Drive at 7 oclock Saturday night and saw a stream of people walking toward the park. Lee said, I thought this is going to be bigger than we expected and it was.
Captain Lee worried about being able to reach someone if they became ill and he worried about all the cars parked around Over-The-Rhine. Officers patrolled outside the park, and second shift officers were asked to stay until event-goers got out of town safely.
Over two nights there were no arrests, one person was cited for disorderly conduct, two young people who drank too much were asked to leave, and no cars were broken into.
Lee said. everyone respected and appreciate what happened over the weekend, that was a big part of our success at safety. The event generated enthusiasm, excitement and respect for what the community was trying to do.
Lee says different types of people stood together, dazzled by the light show on Music Hall, and the live performance by the symphony. Homeless stood with suburbanites, long time local residents beside new urbanites.
He believes when so many people are at the same event together, they look out for each other and for the community they are in.