City of Cleveland RNC Media Update July 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Click here to view the briefing in its entirety. A brief summary follows.


The list of prohibited items has been updated to include Handcuffs, including flexible handcuffs.  07.20.2016 Full List of Prohibited Items



Demonstrator Safety and Security Updates:

 Arrests: NO new arrests.

  • So far 5 arrests related to the RNC. All minor incidents.
    • 3 for flag pole incident
    • 1 with felony warrant
    • 1 for stolen gas mask from officer’s vehicle


  • Small shoving match. Separated and handled quickly.
  • Followed a small disruptive group running through the streets and corralled them on to Lakeside Avenue.
  • Handled some open carry incidents and general demonstration activity.
  • Overall it was relatively quiet day.


  • We engaged partner agencies and past convention cities in planning.
  • We have dealt with demonstrations in the past.
  • As things sparked up, we got them under control. Addressing situations immediately, separating groups and engaging those involved helps us do that.
  • After each deployment, we assess and make adjustments.
  • We have hands-on command and field staff. All of our police officers care about keeping everyone safe.
  • We are confiscating some items that could pose a threat.
  • Firearms are protected by state law and the constitution.

 Resident/Business Impact:

  • Getting around town has been an inconvenience. Most people have found a way around this and adjusted.
  • Those who are here tell us that they are enjoying themselves.
  • Outside of the central business district (downtown) it is mostly business as usual.

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The next media briefing will be July 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.