I-Team: CLE police union president commends police for their hard work during RNC

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CLEVELAND - The Republican National Convention is wrapping up with only a couple of dozen arrests for mostly minor crimes, so what happened to all the talk Cleveland wasn't ready?

Fox 8 went to see Steve Loomis, head of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association. For months, he warned the city wouldn't have enough officers, or training, or equipment.

Now, Loomis admits he was proven wrong. He said, "I have to eat some crow, but that's crow I'm happy to eat."

He credits Cleveland officers, outside officers, even protestors for helping things run smoothly. Loomis said most of the public behaved and officers showed they could hang out with people and interact with protestors. "We're not the villains some people make us out to be," Loomis added.

We've seen the Cleveland Police chief and other commanders going face-to-face with protestors in the streets and even praying with people.

Fox 8 also checked on safety forces in the neighborhoods. Some City Council members had worried the neighborhoods would suffer long response times when calling 911 with all of the focus downtown. However, we found no big complaints.

Loomis still thinks officers could have used more training, but in the end, he sees this Convention giving police a chance to make a positive statement nationwide about officers.

The union is considering taking out some ads or putting up billboards to say 'thank you.' Thanks to officers around the Convention and the public.

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