Saturday, May 28, 2016
(CNN)The morning after a protest outside a Donald Trump speech turned violent, officials in Cleveland insisted that they are prepared to keep the peace during the Republican Convention in July. “We have been here on the ground full time since last fall,” said Ron Rowe, the Secret Service official coordinating security preparations for the event. Concerns about disturbances outside the convention are high, after protesters outside several of Trump’s speeches this year have become unruly. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday night, rioters threw objects and stomped on police cars.
For the Republican National Convention, which runs July 18-21, Cleveland is recruiting additional officers from other jurisdictions, hoping to triple their forces to about 4,000 to 5,000 officers. They have also ordered extra equipment, including 2,500 steel barriers, 16 police motorcycles and 2,000 sets of riot gear with body armor and batons. But the head of Cleveland’s police union told CNN he doubts the city can reach its target of 5,000 officers, and says the extra equipment is not coming fast enough.
“We still don’t have the personal safety gear that we need — elbow pads, knee pads, chest protectors, we don’t have helmets, we don’t have gas masks, for the rank and file folks that are going to down there,” said Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “And when we do get it — we’re 50 days out — I’m concerned that we’re not going to have enough time to adequately train with the equipment, if it does get here in time.”
JUL17 Shut Down TRUMP & the RNC Sun 4 PM · 3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH. 183 people interested · 77 people going. March Against Racism, Islamophobia, Attacks on Immigrants and on LGBTQ* people and Endless War! Build Peoples Resistance! RALLY 4pm Sunday, July 17 (Site of last session of People’s Convention for Peace & Justice) MARCH to City Hall and the RNC Convention Center Co-sponsored by Solidarity Center NYC, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC, Peoples Power Assembly Balt, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, International Action Center.
Resist the 2016 Cleveland RNC ….Banned items for Cleveland during the RNC include Gas Masks, Sabers, Tape, String, Canned Goods, and dozens of other items. All Parades / Marches must have a permit. You must follow the direct route the city has set up. You must present ID and Permit at the “Start zone” and you only get 50 minutes, Speakers only get 30. Republican National Convention Official Event Zone Permit Regulations (Official Parade Route, Park Use and Speakers Platform Regulations) May 25, 2016 WHEREAS, the City of Cleveland has been selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention, see https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2842638/RNC-Official-Event-Zone-Permit-Regulations.pdf