Two months away: Is the City of Cleveland ready for the RNC?

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CLEVELAND – The Republican National Convention now exactly two months away.

With the countdown creeping closer, many are asking Cleveland City leaders if everyone will be ready for a smooth and safe week.

Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley says yes.

“I am confident that we are prepared,” Kelley said.

But the president of the city’s police union says he isn’t so sure.

“We don’t have gas masks,” Loomis said, adding that the city ordered protective gear, such as riot suits late.

Councilman Zack Reed says he believes all the equipment police need will arrive in time for the RNC.

“They will have what they need,” Reed said.

Reed also said he is hoping protests will stay peaceful.

“We have to be prepared in the event something goes south,” Loomis said.

So far at least nine protest groups have applied for permits to march in Cleveland during the convention.

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