‘Our plan is to keep the entire city safe’: Mayor Jackson discusses preparedness for presidential debate in Cleveland

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Cleveland has the honor of hosting the first presidential debate of 2020.

The debate will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University.

Mayor Frank Jackson held a press conference Monday afternoon about the city’s preparedness for the event.

He was joined by the city’s Public Safety Director, Police Chief Calvin Williams, and the FBI, Secret Service, and Ohio National Guard.

At this time, Mayor Jackson said there are no plans to initiate a citywide curfew for after the debate.

“Our plan is to keep the entire city safe … Cleveland has been a peaceful place as of late,” Jackson said. “And let’s keep it that way.”

The City asked Governor Mike DeWine for National Guard assistance for the debate.

A parking ban near the campus went into effect today.

Road closures have been in place for a week.

The FOX 8 I-Team spoke to several people living near the debate stage and they say they welcome any protesters that may come to the area, but they are hoping everything stays peaceful.  

Many want to make sure the city has a plan to keep the area safe.   

A protest in May in downtown Cleveland turned violent causing millions of dollars in damage to downtown businesses. 

FOX 8 and FOX8.com will carry the debate live. It starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Here are the latest headlines from FOX 8

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

FOX 8 Cleveland Weather // Quick Links:

Download the FOX 8 App

Fox 8 App Logo

Trending Topics

Hot on FOX 8

More Viral