Regarding the “Patriot Shutdown” protests planned for September 27, 2021, Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented:
“My office has learned there are plans to shut down the highways, nationwide, on Monday to protest vaccine mandates.
I want to be perfectly clear. Anyone who attempts to shut down the highways in Hamilton County will be removed from their vehicles, charged with felony Disrupting Public Services, and they will go to jail.
To those who claim to be supportive of law enforcement – law enforcement is not with you. This would pose a serious danger for our first responders and the community at large.
I have always been supportive of a citizen’s First Amendment right to protest. But, this is not lawful and it is reckless. It will not be tolerated.”