This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention. Click here to view the briefing in its entirety. A brief summary follows.
Safety and Security Updates
- Cleveland Fire and multiple law enforcement agencies were on scene as demonstrators lit the United States Flag at East 4th and Prospect.
- Flag burning is not illegal.
- A demonstrator also lit himself on fire and those around him due to the close proximity.
- At that point, police and fire engaged.
- Firefighters extinguished it immediately and confiscated the flag.
- Two demonstrators were injured trying to put the fire out but refused treatment.
- Two law enforcement officers, one Cleveland Police and one Ohio State Highway Patrol, were assaulted and have minor injuries; as a result, two demonstrators were arrested for felonious assault.
- Following the incident, police issued an order to disperse to secure the area and keep people safe.
- Police also worked to separate members of the media for their protection.
- Demonstrators refused dispersal orders and 15 arrests were made for charges including failure to disperse and resisting arrest.
- No pepper spray was used by law enforcement during this demonstration. A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire.
- A total of 18 arrests were made during the incident bringing the total of RNC event related arrests to 23. (A total of 17 were reported at the 7 p.m. briefing.)
- We are working to provide additional details on these arrests as quickly as possible and will issue updates using @CLEPolice and @CityofCleveland on Twitter.
The next media briefing will be July 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
The Cleveland Division of Police had the opportunity to team up with Volcanic Bikes, Tiger Mountain Tactical and Galls to give local Cleveland youth, Tyquan Winn, a new bicycle and helmet. During the first day of the Republican National Convention, our Bike Patrol Unit noticed Tyquan in Public Square riding his bicycle in front of them, showing off his skills. All of the officers noticed his talent but they also noticed that the back wheel of his bicycle needed some work. Instead of repairing his wheel, the Cleveland Division of Police gave Tyquan a brand new bicycle from Volcanic Bikes and Tiger Mountain Tactical and Galls provided him with a new helmet. Tyquan can now safely ride his bicycle and practice to possibly become a member our Bike Patrol Unit in the future!
This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams provided the media with an overview of actions that transpired in the event zone as it relates to the Republican National Convention.
Protest Safety and Security Updates:
- Two mid-scale protests concluded peacefully.
- Protesters numbered between 450 and 500 individuals, combined.
- Bicycle officers were dispatched to discourage conflict between opposing positions.
- There are no scheduled protests after 6 p.m. today.
- No reported physical damage to City of Cleveland property.
There was one arrest unrelated to the Republican National Convention:
- A female was arrested on a felony warrant and misdemeanor of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest.
- Although there were no RNC related arrests, police confiscated a small knife, gas masks and a slingshot – all items listed on the prohibited items list.
Open Carry Law:
- Officers are instructed on how to approach individuals pertaining to open carry. Open carry participants are instructed regarding their responsibilities under the law. As a reminder, carrying individuals cannot brandish, point or menace people with a weapon.
- Traffic will continue to be challenging, but no additional closures are being added at this time.
The next media briefing will be July 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.