Flag burning threatens to fuel tensions outside Convention
A threatened flag-burning later Wednesday had potential to fuel already bubbling tensions outside the Republican National Convention.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said that he spent three hours Tuesday evening riding with bicycle officers on patrol and that he waded into one confrontation because he’s “still a police officer.”
Williams said he plans to show up wherever there are “issues” during the convention.
Officers on Tuesday used bicycles to wall off intersections and for the first time during the convention ordered demonstrators to disperse under the threat of arrest.
“We don’t care who it is. Stay on the sidewalk,” Lt. Michael Butler said as the demonstrators made their way. “We don’t want the sideshow.”
Despite the tumult, police said there were no protest-related arrests.
Overall, five people have been arrested since the four-day convention started on Monday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said late Tuesday. – READ MORE