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Violence downtown leads to increase in police presence
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Another busy weekend in the tri-state means a lot of big name festivals, including Bunbury, and the Reds are taking on the Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
After a couple of violent incidences at Piatt Park downtown earlier in the week, police have increased their presence at many of the event. Since the shootings, additional officers are on patrol all over the downtown area.
At the ball park, there's a noticeable increase in officers around the stadium, but that really goes back to the swearing in of new officers the week before. They all had their first detail at the ball park July 5.
Just on the other side of U.S. Bank Arena, extra patrols were visible at the Bunbury Music Festival Friday and again on Saturday. It's not an overly-aggressive presence; many officers were having conversations with festival-goers.
At Piatt Park, additional officers are on patrol and mobile generator lights have been put in place.
At Washington Park, the City Flea is a popular event. Hundreds were checking out all the vendors and antiques.
One vendor, Lisa Keidel says there was little worry about criminal activity at the park.
"It's been families, pet friendly, eateries; it's been great. I've seen nothing, nothing bad," she says.
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