Preparations for National Convention for Republican that Cleveland will be hosting in July are underway andthere seems to be one question that is fueling most of the hype and conversation: while it is not imperative that Donald Trump whether wins the nominationor not, will his unruly rallies along with their usual conflicting protesters trail him all the way to Cleveland? There has been an exponential rise in shoving matches during his events with supporters going as far as punching protesters. Trump recently mentioned the likelihood of mass riots if through contested convention, theright for his nomination were forfeited.
With Brussels in a stated of bomb alert, the Secret Service andCleveland officials are careful to divulge details regarding their plans, but officials like Kevin Dye, a spokesman for theSecret Service say the event will be secure and safe.Cleveland has plans to purchase batons, barricades, bicycles, and 2,000 full riot gear suits from the $50 million it has been issued in federal grants to cover the security expenses for the event. Even more lumps of money will be used to pay to bring in 2500 officers from neighboring police departments to supplement Cleveland’s own 1500-strong force. While the security measures are clearly for the campaigners, the department has issued strict vigilance against hurting individuals or property with severe repercussions.
There have also been demands from civil rights groups for transparency from the police department regarding the type of riot control equipment it plans to purchase. This stems from a chain of reformations that took place after several departments were fund to use excessive force and a trigger-happy approach. The department has issued a notice stating that it is better to be prepared and not use crowd control than to end up with no way to control the situation at all.Jane Castor, the former Chief of Police in Tampa says that while there were several problems during the 2008 RNC event at St. Paul, Cleveland might have a more difficult time this year.