I-Team: New Cleveland police rules for crowd management during the RNC

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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained a new Cleveland Police 28-page order titled “Crowd Management And The Protection Of Constitutional Rights”.

The document doesn’t refer specifically to the upcoming Republican National Convention, but the city is expecting groups of protestors, and the new police order addresses how to handle crowds of protestors acting peacefully or violently.

In the section labeled “PURPOSE”, the document refers to “guidance on safely and effectively managing crowds that assemble for the purposes of carrying out Constitutionally protected activities of free speech and assembly…”.

The order also says, police should make “reasonable efforts to employ ‘non-arrest’ methods of crowd management…”. And arrests should be made in a “fair and efficient manner…”.

The order outlines detailed rules for how to engage crowds and how to disperse them. And there are specific rules for when and how to use pepper spray or tear gas including the chain of command for approving that.

Finally, the order also includes how officers should make mass arrests, if necessary.

This comes after the I-Team reported a series of police memos also just issued this week regarding rules for new police equipment for use during the Convention.

The Cleveland Police Union has repeatedly expressed worries that officers are not receiving enough training to get ready for the Convention. The Police Chief and other top managers have repeatedly said the Department will be prepared.

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