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Cincinnati plans for high security over busy weekend

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- The weekend of July 25 is being considered the biggest weekend of the summer for downtown Cincinnati.
At least 100,000 people are expected downtown Friday and Saturday for the Macy's Music Festival, and the Cincinnati Reds.  The city also got national attention for the Urban League Convention and police said they have a plan to keep everyone safe.

If it seems there is a cop on every corner then things are going according to plan.  During the events, a police officer will be assigned a block of the city.  They will be working with police cadets, citizens on patrols and ministers.  The so called "God Squad" will be connected with police radios.

Rapid response teams on motorcycles and in cruisers will be ready to follow trouble where it may go or where it breaks out downtown.  Cops will be up high looking down at the crowd to spot any trouble and tell officers where to find trouble. 

During The Taste of Cincinnati a mob of young people moved through downtown punching and kicking 11 people.  Five were charged with aggravated riot, assault and ethnic intimidation alleging the victims were selected because they were white.

Most people seen downtown Friday seemed excited about the weekend events.  There will be something for everyone!  The surveillance cameras will also be manned because they are sometimes viewed after crimes have been reported.

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