CINCINNATI - A handful of members with the National Alliance arrived in North College Hill Friday for a noon rally that drew attention from a crowd gathered on the street.
The leader of the group told members of the media prior to the rally that the National Alliance was being falsely portrayed as a white supremacist group. National Alliance Cincinnati Coordinator Robert Ransdell said it is time for the country to have an open discussion about black on white violence.
As the rally began at noon Friday a crowd of more than 100 gathered on the street chanting for the members of the National Alliance to go home.
9 News spoke with several people on the sidewalk who all agreed North College Hill does not have a race relations issue and that the message from the National Alliance is only creating more tension than really exists.
Police had a heavy presence with officers from at least nine departments securing the parking lot where the rally was being held. Several times officers had to ask people to step back from the barricade as tensions rose.