According to Fox 8, Police Chief Calvin Williams reported five arrests were made in Cleveland, Ohio since the beginning of the Republican National Convention. Two of the arrests took place on Monday, July 18, 2016, and three others were on Tuesday morning.
On July 19, 2016, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave an update on the city’s status in light of the Republican National Convention and the ongoing violent behavior around the world. On Monday, one person was arrested for attempting to steal a gas mask. Additionally, another person was arrested on an outstanding warrant. On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, three people were arrested for climbing a flag pole at Rock Hall to hang a banner in the downtown Cleveland area.
On Monday evening, there were multiple calls to Cleveland police reporting people wearing gas masks and scarves. Additionally, there was a group of individuals who had slingshots and gas masks confiscated while in the convention center. Williams also stated the police force is not going to let their guard down. At the conclusion of the press conference, Williams gave a brief warning to activists and protesters who choose to wear masks during their protests. He declared that wearing masks would not be tolerated in Cleveland.
Written by Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne
Fox 8: Cleveland police chief: 5 arrests since the start of the RNC, strong message for masked protestors
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