Cleveland police chief, mayor thank community and law enforcement after RNC

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CLEVELAND– Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin Williams released a message Saturday afternoon, thanking the community, visitors and law enforcement after Republican National Convention.

The four-day event brought tens of thousands of visitors to Cleveland, as well as thousands of officers to help with security. Williams said most of the 24 RNC-related arrests were misdemeanors.

“During this time, the City of Cleveland showed the nation, once again, what we are made of. This week, the City of Cleveland proved that we are ‘All In’ as one community,” the two city leaders said in a joint message.

The Cleveland Division of Police was joined by nearly 3,000 officers from across the country, as far away as California and Florida. Jackson and Williams said they “worked alongside one another flawlessly as one platoon.”

“The different police uniforms from all across our country moving about downtown Cleveland was truly a sight to see, and one that we will never forget,” the pair said. Jackson and Williams expressed gratitude to the visiting officers, adding they are proud.

The mayor and chief also thanked the community for making the RNC a success and visitors for supporting law enforcement.

“By working together to bridge gaps and come together as one, we are rewriting the narrative of law enforcement and community relations in this great nation.

“We want this memory to stay in our minds and in our hearts.  As a community, we have shown the world over and over how great this city on the lake is. Today, as always, we are proud to be Clevelanders.”

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