Published on Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:45 Written by WLWT
Five members of the National Alliance were at the rally in front of a boarded up building. Police and about 50 counter-protesters were also at the scene, separated from the protesters by fencing.
No incidents were immediately reported.
North College Hill residents said their plan was to fight the rally peacefully. Some residents said they were planning a cookout with music and fun just blocks away from where the protest was being held.
Other neighbors, however, said they are worried about the rally.
"I'm keeping my kids home from school tomorrow. I had to take off work because I don’t want them exposed to that," said parent Nicole Robertson.
Student Tyran Tanks said he and his friends will be skipping school to avoid the rally by the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group protesting the beating of a man several days ago.
"I don’t want to stay around these people because they're a bad influence to other people," Tanks said.
Police said six teens, ages 13 and 14, beat Pat Mahaney unconscious because "they were bored."
The group, however, said the attack was a hate crime against Mahaney, a white resident.
"I really, in my heart, don’t believe it was racially motivated. It was a bunch of dumb kids doing dumb stuff," said resident Donte Foster.
"The children involved, maybe their parents should have known where they were and what they were up to, but like they said, I don’t think it was a race thing," Robertson said.
"I think it's kind of unfair that they're so close to our kids in school and innocent kids that have nothing to do with the situation," Robertson said.
"This group applied for a license, (and) the city gave them a license, fine and dandy. The license should have pushed them away from the kids," Foster said.