Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken told the media the city is ready in case there is more violence in connection with the death of an African American suspect shot by police.
"It is a fluid situation. We're alarmed about what could happen tonight and tomorrow," Luken said during a Tuesday evening news conference.
Luken said he has called on religious and African American leaders in the community to appeal for calm.
Several leaders in the African American community have made that appeal over the radio Tuesday.
"We're committed to keeping control of city streets. We will do that." - Mayor Luken
According to the mayor, most of the protesters are young people who are taking advantage of the situation.
Luken said that parents should help out by keeping their children at home.
The mayor admitted there is a problem in the city, but "dealing with it lawlessly is not the answer."
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