Public asked not to take stickers from unknown people after skin irritation reports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police are advising the public not to take stickers from people they don’t know in the RNC area after officers were treated for skin irritation Thursday.

Police said that two members of law enforcement were treated for skin irritation issues.

One of the officers said he experienced numbing and burning after receiving a sticker.

The stickers are being tested to determine if they are connected to the skin irritation issues.

But members of the public areĀ advisedĀ that if they took a sticker from someone they didn’t know, they should remove it and wash their skin with soap and water.

Police also said at the briefing that there were no arrests on Thursday at RNC-related events.

There were rumors that some officers had been stabbed or poked with syringes, but that did not happen.

For more, see the blog below.

Chief Calvin Williams previously said Monday and Tuesday were relatively quiet with only 5 arrests.

During Wednesday night’s briefing, Williams said that 17 people were arrested and two officers were assaulted.

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Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:06 pm

Prosecutor’s office discussing process of processing arrestees after yesterday’s protester arrests

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:07 pm

Office reviews reports, determine if charges are appropriate. Yesterday, it took time to get clarifications from officers in order to issue charges. The officers had gone home after 12-hour shifts, and the office had to wait until they returned to work to continue to file charges. 

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:07 pm

Police: Today there was little protester activity. 

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:07 pm

No arrests today

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:08 pm

There were reports of officers being injured on public square. Information re. officers being stabbed or poked with syringes is not true.

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:08 pm

Two officers were treated for skin irritations. Police are investigating possibility that one of the incdents could have come from contact with a sticker. One officer did have contact with a sticker prior to the skin irritation.

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:09 pm

Members of the public: IF you received a sticker from someone you don’t know, you’re advised to remove it and wash your skin with soap and water. Public asked not to take stickers from someone you don’t know.

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:09 pm

Police are investigating the stickers to see if they are related to the skin irritations. 

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:10 pm

Cleveland fire is on scene of demonstrations on Public Square that could involve flag burning. Officials will keep the public updated. 

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:11 pm

One of the officers said they received a sticker, and then felt a burning or numbness sensation, so he went to medical tent.

Darcie Loreno July 21, 20167:13 pm

Police: We don’t know if the stickers are connected to the skin irritations.