City of Cleveland – RNC Media Update July 18, 10:00 a.m.

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CLEVELAND – Today, 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.

A brief summary is provided here:

Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Media Staging Areas for viewing the parade route (first come, first served):

  • East 14th Street at Carnegie in the triangular area on the south side island
  • Lorain Avenue, north side, between West 24th Street and Columbus Road

These staging areas do NOT support satellite trucks.**

**The City (Department of Assessments and Licenses) is NO longer processing street or lane closure permit requests specific to media staging for the 2016 Republican National Convention.**

Demonstrations:

City of Cleveland is expecting demonstrations. We encourage demonstrators to peacefully and lawfully uphold their 1st amendment rights. We are prepared to arrest those who do not comply with the law.

Open Carry Law:

  • There was no official request from the City to the Governor asking him to suspend the Open Carry Law in the Event Zone during the RNC.
  • During the planning of the RNC the Executive Steering Committee, the Legal Subcommittee and the governor’s legal team met to discuss the feasibility of such a request.
  • The legal consensus determined that the governor had no power to unilaterally stay the Open Carry.
  • Finally, in a statement today Governor John Kasich said, “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”

Chief Calvin Williams

Safety and Security Updates:

  • There were a few peaceful demonstrations yesterday. One of those was a pop up demonstration.

There was one arrest:

  • Male who removed a piece of equipment (gas mask) from an officer’s vehicle (Ohio State Trooper).
  • He was charged with petty theft.

Speaker’s platform on Public Square begins today:

Security Preparations:

  • We are prepared and at this time we have not had any real threats to the Division of Police, the City or the Convention.

FBI Tip line: 1-880-225-5324 (Call FBI).

  • Report any suspicious activity to the FBI tip line. If you see something, say something.

Officer staffing and deployment:

  • Cleveland Division of Police is prepared to keep demonstrators, officers and residents safe.
  • The Division rolled out a new bike unit. We have officers on foot, bikes, horses
  • We will have as many officers as it takes to keep everyone safe. We are working with hundreds of agencies and have thousands of officers.
  • Our officers are paid to protect and serve. There was no stand down order issued.
  • Officers have been in two-man cars since the incident in Dallas.

The next media briefing will be July 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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About Dan Williams

Director of Media Relations for Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland

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