Live blog: Ohio’s GOP governor, senator say no military help needed

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The city is still cleaning up, and a curfew is still in place after violent protests in downtown Cleveland.

Yours Truly, downtown Cleveland

It all started with a demonstration in downtown Cleveland in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. It began peacefully before escalating Saturday afternoon.

Several businesses including CVS, Colossal Cupcakes, and the Indians Team Shop were broken into. Some businesses were heavily damaged. Several vehicles were set on fire, and some officers were injured.

There have been nearly 100 arrests in the protest.

Check out the live blog below for continued updates throughout the day.

8 p.m. update:

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s governor and a U.S. senator say the military shouldn’t be sent into their home state. Both Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman say it should be up to mayors and state leaders to decide what’s needed to restore order. Portman says the National Guard can handle Ohio’s situation. President Donald Trump has vowed to send the military into states to quell protests if state authorities don’t restore order. Protests have swelled nationwide over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a police officer used a knee to pin him by the neck until he stopped moving. DeWine says he thinks cities have done a good job so far handling the protests. 

6 p.m. update:

(WJW)– The Greater Cleveland RTA is making the following changes during the curfew:

During the city-mandated nighttime curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. bus service will continue to operate on the modified schedule:

  • All West Side bus routes will terminate at the West 25th Street Red Line Station.
  • All East Side bus routes & route 77F will terminate at Tri-C Metro Campus, at East 30th and Community College.
  • To access crosstown trips, customers may travel on the Red Line between the Tri-C district station and the West 25th Street Station. Rapids will not stop at Tower City during the curfew; however, trains will service all other rapid stations.

Once the curfew is lifted at 6 a.m. each day, normal bus service will resume.

  • Rapid service will also make normal stops at Tower City.
  • The changeover from modified to normal service will take time, and we ask riders be patient.
  • Please use the Transit App to determine when a bus or train will arrive at a stop.
  • Between 7:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., bus service will be in transition.
  • By 8:00 p.m., we will be operating according to the curfew restrictions with the modified service mentioned above.

3:25 p.m. update

(WJW) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told the I-Team’s Peggy Gallek during a phone interview Tuesday that the city’s curfew could be extended to the weekend. Jackson said they are looking at the situation daily.

2:36 p.m. Update

(WJW)-Cleveland police are advising that, due to a planned protest at the Cleveland Police First District, roads will be closed in the W. 130th Street area near I-71.

The closures will remain in effect until further notice due.

1:20 p.m. update:

(WJW)-Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer told FOX 8 I-Team’s Peggy Gallek, officers suffered minor injuries when items were thrown at them during Saturday’s violent protests in Cleveland.

One officer suffered minor leg burns.

All are okay.

12:30 p.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Cleveland police tell the Fox 8 I-Team that arson detectives are still investigating fires that broke out during the weekend riots.

At one point Saturday, firefighters responded to West 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue, where two police cruisers were set on fire.

Our crew in SkyFOX spotted a burning van near another burned-out car in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. In a parking lot off of West 3rd Street, more cars burned.

For more, see the video below.

10 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The curfew for the Downtown and Market districs in Cleveland will continue through 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to an alert sent to Cuyahoga County residents.

In addition, the restricted area will then be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. only starting Wednesday morning and lasting through Friday. The restricted area will be closed from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. on those days.

6 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — All streets leading into Cleveland have police checkpoints, including in parts of Ohio City, and all exit ramps from highways will be closed until the city’s curfew expires at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

People living downtown can show valid ID to be permitted past barricades. Contractors and private security guards are also allowed, as well as anyone with appointments at any of the local hospitals.

Those who work in any other capacity are asked to stay away from downtown. Businesses have been told to remain closed.

RTA’s office remains closed, and some bus routes have also been adjusted.

For much more on the city’s curfew, click here.

For continuing coverage on George Floyd and the protests, click here.

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