CLEVELAND - The Fox 8 I-Team has found protesters coming to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention are planning to do what they want in some cases despite tight security restrictions.
Some even went before an I-Team camera and explained why.
One Facebook post calls for protesters to gather at Edgewater Park even though the group won’t be getting a permit. Another post tells protesters to bring a tent for the week to Fairview Park off West 32nd in Cleveland.
Larry Bresler of Organize Ohio is planning a march focusing on poverty involving thousands of people. Bresler says his group won’t be following a route the city outlined for protesters to use when they march.
Bresler said, "Its a route from nowhere to nowhere. It goes by no houses, goes by no residences, goes by no people." He added, “We’re weighing our options.”
John Penley from North Carolina is calling people to Edgewater Park. He said, "We're gonna use the park during open hours, and then go outside the park and sleep along the side of the road at night."
Penley also spoke about the post involving Fairview Park. "I've also been informed that a group of anarchists have called for an illegal occupation.”
So what happens if protest groups break park rules or sleep along the roads or march off the approved route? This week, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba said, "Anybody that goes sideways and is not following the law, there's gonna be consequences but it's going to be swift and it's going to be professional.”
The activists say people have grown frustrated with the city’s process of applying for a permit, and the city’s Convention week rules, too.
This week City Hall started a new process for requesting permits. But the city has not yet said how many have been approved or rejected.