Politics Cleveland getting riot-ready for GOP convention

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  1. MilkyDischarge

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    would you attend? It seems too ripe for terrorist shit or a CIA hit on Trump

    Cleveland seeking to buy riot gear for Republican National Convention
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    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland is seeking to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons, as part of the city's latest move to spend a $50 million federal security grant for July's Republican National Convention.

    The city this week posted to its contracting website a notice seeking bidders to provide the gear. City documents refer to the "Elite Defender" riot-control suit manufactured by HWI Gear and a 26-inch baton manufactured by Monadnock, plus 2,000 bags to carry them.

    The city also wants to buy 310 sets of riot-control gear — long-sleeve jackets, gloves and shin guards — that would be suitable for use by police riding bicycles. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to read the complete specifications for the riot gear.)

    The city last week began ramping up its public process to spend the RNC security money, approved by Congress last December. The city previously has sought to buy 300 bicycles, 15 motorcycles, 25 sets of tactical armor and two horse trailers.

    The city also has sought to rent about three miles of interlocking steel barriers, each 3.5 feet high, and buy another 3,250 feet of interlocking barriers that each would be 6.5 feet tall for the RNC, according to bid documents. In a brief interview on Thursday, city spokesman Dan Williams referred to at least some of these barriers as "bike racks," although manufacturer Tamis Corp. markets the barriers, branded as "Blockaders," as crowd-control devices.

    The convention, scheduled for the week of July 18, is expected to attract 50,000 visitors to Cleveland. As part of its security plan, Cleveland is organizing a police force of 5,000 officers — the city is in the process of recruiting officers from surrounding suburbs and elsewhere to bolster its existing force of about 1,200. Previous conventions also have attracted political demonstrators, ranging from more than 100,000 for the 2004 RNC in New York City to less than 1,000 for the 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida.

    Because the RNC has been designated as a National Special Security Event, it is eligible to receive federal funding. Cleveland is planning convention security under the direction of the Secret Service.

    City officials largely are not commenting on their convention-planning efforts.

    However, Mayor Frank Jackson's administration told City Council last month that the city plans to spend roughly $30 million of the federal grant on personnel, and $20 million on equipment. The delivery deadline for the equipment is June 15, Councilman Brian Cummins wrote on his blog last month.

    Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley recently told cleveland.com that council hopes to hold a public security briefing with federal officials sometime in March or April. The officials though, would need to receive clearance first to do so, he said.
     
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    At the 2004 democratic convention in Boston they put us in a chain linked cage and threw tarps over it.

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    The planning for this RNC is a joke. This is gonna be a clusterfuck of massive proportions. It is a democratic city that only campaigned for this convention so it could "redirect" the funds.
     
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    How stupid is the RNC for not choosing Dallas? You'd think it would be a no-brainer.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    Why wouldn't Cleveland already have this gear on hand?


    Based on a recent visit, they already have plenty of reasons to be prepared.
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    They already are going to win Texas. They probably thought putting their Convention in Ohio would be such an inspiring event they would flip Ohio for their candidate. All eyes will be on their Convention in Ohio but I'm not sure they are going to get the positive energy they were hoping for.
     
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    Sounds like an excuse to buy some more cool military gear for the police
     
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    As long as they have enough hewers to go around, the family values crowd should be ok.