Delegates and others heading to the Republican National Convention, opening Monday in Cleveland, can rest assured they'll be safe from metal-tipped umbrellas, light bulbs, tennis balls and other potentially unsafe items.
Amid a tense atmosphere at the Republican National Convention and with wide-scale protests planned throughout the week in Cleveland, Amnesty International has dispatched a team of observers to the city to monitor police interactions with demonstrators.
"Why they haven't come out, I don't know". Several organizers did not provide numbers and many unpermitted demonstrations will also take place.
The more than 200 protesters who gathered included various groups, with some protesting what they believe are assaults by Republicans on immigration, unions, women and minorities, among other causes.
The head of the Cleveland police union is anxious about guns too.
Al Porter, an anti-racism protester who was in the middle of the turmoil in the Public Square, said the bikes were a "cold weapon of steel" that pushed back some of his fellow demonstrators and ran over someone's foot. "Nobody's been nasty to us", he said. Some broke off and headed on a march down Euclid Avenue. Chants of "Black Lives Matter" and "The justice system is rigged" could be heard echoing off the buildings.
They went all the way down to Playhouse Square - where they did an about face, then lingered in the intersection at 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. "I am concerned about the possibility of violence", Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a congressional committee on Thursday, days before thousands of protesters began to stream into Cleveland ahead of Donald Trump's coronation. The first warning was issued to Baton Rouge Police for the period of July 8 to July 10 after officials learned of credible threats to engage in a "police purge" to "kill all police" in vengeance for the killings of Castile and Sterling.
But Trump's other positions - such as a hard-line stance on immigration - have created security worries as out-of-town protesters pour into Cleveland to voice their displeasure. I'm just wondering if we all misread and misjudged the attitude here. The City of Cleveland predicts that their will be widespread rioting near the RNC Convention and throughout the city as police are forced to divert their resources to ensure the safety of the event audience.
Using the 2012 RNC convention in Tampa as a point of comparison, Cleveland tourism group Destination Cleveland told Rare that they estimate that $200-$250 million will be spent in the city by people in town for the convention.
But isn't banning guns at the single biggest gathering of gun advocates a little hypocritical, especially when the NRA has argued for years that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is "a good guy with a gun"? A lot of them are tourists themselves.
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