City Hit by Racial Violence

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CINCINNATI'S mayor declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew amid the worst outbreak of racial violence in the US city since the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in 1968.

Mayor Charles Luken acted yesterday, the fourth day of rioting over the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in the Ohio city.

'Despite the best efforts of the good citizens of our city, the violence on our streets is uncontrolled and it runs rampant,' Luken said. 'The time has come to deal with this seriously. The message is that the violence must stop.'

Only people going to and from work in the city of 331,000 were being allowed on the streets between 8pm and 6am, the mayor said.

Governor Bob Taft ordered the state Highway Patrol to assist Cincinnati police, and the mayor said he may ask Taft to send in the National Guard.

As of last night 86 people had been arrested in the looting, arson, vandalism, assaults and other violence in mostly black sections of Cincinnati. …