The Latest: Police quickly break up scuffles in Cleveland


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations and gatherings outside the Republican National Convention (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Police in Cleveland have broken up a couple of skirmishes between demonstrators outside the Republican National Convention.

A scuffle broke out Tuesday afternoon when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown’s Public Square.

Police with bicycles pushed back a surging crowd, and Jones was quickly whisked away.

Minutes later, more officers on bicycles formed a line between a group supporting the Communist Party and a conservative religious group.

There was no immediate word on arrests or injuries.

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1:45 p.m.

Members of the support team for the California delegation to the Republican National Convention have been hit with a norovirus outbreak.

Health officials say about a dozen people are affected by the virus, with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.

Pete Schade (shade), health commissioner for Ohio’s Erie County, says the individuals are members of the logistics team for the convention delegates.

Schade says none of the delegates appear to have been affected. He says the symptoms were first reported Thursday as logistics members arrived at a hotel about an hour west of Cleveland.

Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the California GOP, told delegation members to wash their hands frequently, avoid shaking hands and not to share food.

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11:30 a.m.

The Cleveland police chief says 300 officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies are being deployed on bicycles in downtown Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

Chief Calvin Williams said at a Tuesday morning news briefing that the decision to use such a large number of bicycles this week was based on a recommendation from police officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, which hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Williams says the 300 bicycle officers are divided into two shifts.

Williams also says three people were arrested and charged with criminal mischief Tuesday morning for climbing flagpoles outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where they hung an anti-Donald Trump banner.

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10:10 a.m.

Media outlets are reporting that four people have been arrested in Cleveland after climbing 60-foot flagpoles outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to hang a large banner that says, “Don’t ‘Trump’ Our Communities.”

The arrests were made Tuesday morning on the second day of the Republican National Convention.

The Rock Hall issued a statement Tuesday that says although the Rock Hall is an “icon of free speech,” officials discourage “illegal actions that stress our first responders.”

The banner also included “Ban Fracking” and “Tear Down The Wall,” a reference to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to stop illegal immigration.

Cleveland firefighters removed the banner Tuesday morning.

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9:25 a.m.

A group of doctors and nurses plans to march in Cleveland in protest of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Stand Together Against Trump will march Thursday on the final day of the four-day Republican National Convention.

Fears about violent clashes between groups supporting and opposing Trump’s nomination didn’t materialize on the first day of the convention. The one reported arrest as Cleveland police and law enforcement officers from across the U.S. maintained a visible presence downtown.

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This story has been corrected to show that the Stand Together Against Trump group will march Thursday, not Tuesday.

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12:30 a.m.

The first day of rallies outside the Republican National Convention featured angry rhetoric, armed attendees and an arrest, but authorities avoided the sort of violence they fear could still flare up.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters Monday evening, “So far, so good.”

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters and foes had held dueling rallies a half-mile apart.

Williams says bicycle officers moved in several times to keep sniping between groups from becoming violent.

The one arrest involved a person on the city’s Public Square who had a felony warrant and also is being charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

The riverside pro-Trump rally attracted about a dozen attendees who showed up with handguns strapped to their belts as allowed under Ohio law. Blocks away, protesters shouted about police mistreatment.