CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on protests, marches and security in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention (all times local):
Cleveland’s police chief says 2,800 law enforcement officers from across the country joined about 500 city police officers in providing security for the four-day Republican National Convention that ended Thursday.
Chief Calvin Williams said at a Friday news briefing that out-of-town officers were key contributors to Cleveland’s successful performance as convention host.
Authorities counted only 24 convention-related arrests, a far smaller number than some had predicted.
The city had worked with Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County to make hundreds of jail cells available if needed during the convention.
Williams singled out the Ohio State Highway Patrol for its assistance, noting that 450 troopers were in Cleveland helping with security.
Cleveland has breathed a sigh of relief as the Republican convention concluded with about two dozen arrests over four days thanks to a massive police presence and protesters’ own concerns for their safety.
City officials and police who braced for mass disruptions and violence during this summer of bloodshed struck a confident note as the convention wrapped up Thursday.
Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia (chach) said police were not nervous but trained and in place to keep the public safe.
The demonstrations that many feared would end in pitched battles between police and protesters turned at times into carnival-like scenes, with bongo players and with protesters dressed as nuns on stilts.
There were tense moments as protesters filled the downtown Public Square, but most people seemed to get along.
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