Occupy Cincinnati stood on the steps of Cincinnati City Hall cheering a settlement with the city that dismissed criminal charges and carves out protest space in Piatt Park.
In return, members of the Occupy Cincinnati movement who filed a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming it had stepped on their First Amendment rights, agreed to drop the case. The group agreed that future encampments would not be part of the deal. No tents or structures will be allowed to be built in the area.
A member of Occupy Cincinnati thanked leaders in the city, including City Manager Milton Dohoney, for honoring their rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.
No city leaders joined the short press conference, but Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas, while leaving the building, stopped to talk to the group. “Hey, y’all won, huh?” he said to the group. “Way to go gang.”