This evening, Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia from the Cleveland Division of Police and Assistant Chief Prosecutor Kimberly G. Barnett 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.
Protest Safety and Security Updates:
- Two officers, one a Georgia State Trooper and one with the Cleveland Division of Police, were treated for minor skin irritation. They are doing well. The incident is still being investigated, but it is confirmed that no needles or syringes were used. It is possible that it was coming from irritant on a sticker.
- As a precaution, police are advising that if you received a sticker from a person that you don’t know, wash the area with soap and water. Do not take any items from anyone you don’t know.
- Syringes have been banned as a precaution, illustrating that the City is monitoring and reacting to incidents.
- Barriers will be removed when deemed possible by the United States Secret Service.
- 24 total arrests since Sunday, July 21st.
Processing of arrestees from Wednesday’s incident at East 4th and Prospect:
- To ensure the rights of the individuals, once police reports were completed, each case was reviewed by the prosecutor’s office. Their review was presented to Judge Ronald B. Adrine of Cleveland Municipal Court, who then confirmed the charges.
- Some cases required additional information from officers on scene, who had gone off duty.
- Burning a flag is not illegal, two individuals were charged with assault for harming the people around them with a burning flag.
The last scheduled media briefing will be July 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.