‘So far, so good’: CLE police chief says everything running smoothly ahead of RNC

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday morning everything is running smoothly ahead of the Republican National Convention. 

During a media briefing, Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson said there have been no problems so far as protesters and visitors converge in the city.

“We’ve been preparing for this for two years,” said Williams. “So far, so good.”

Williams said police will be out in full force, working to ensure protesters are following the rules as they march and rally.

He said the Cavaliers parade was good practice for the city ahead of such a big event. Roughly 50,000 people are expected to come to Cleveland for this week’s events.

“Two weeks ago, we had a million and a half people downtown,” Williams said.

The RNC officially begins Monday. RNC sessions begin at Quicken Loans Arena Monday at 1 p.m. The RNC concludes Thursday night.

Sunday night, a welcome event, called Rock the Night in CLE, will kick things off at Northcoast Harbor.

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