CLEVELAND (WJW)- New video just released to the FOX 8 I-Team, which has never been seen before, gives us a look at the very start of the recent rioting downtown.
The video comes from 12 cameras around the Justice Center, and Cuyahoga County released this after legal pressure from the I-Team.
The video shows the first trouble erupting after a peaceful protest against police violence. The cameras captured the first damage, a man violently swinging a cart.
You also see a new view of the first face-to-face encounters between demonstrators and law enforcement, and those encounters turned violent.
And, you see a new look at the chaos as Cleveland police and sheriff’s deputies started firing balls of pepper spray, smoke canisters, bean bags, and more to try to break up the crowd.
People in the crowd also threw bottles and more at the officers. Even some of what officers and deputies fired into the crowd was thrown back at them.
Downtown rioting went on for hours on May 30, but the video shows how trouble began as a large crowd surged to the doors of the Justice Center.
The video shows many people calmly walked down the streets after a peaceful protest against police use of force.
But now there is new evidence of how a crowd grew rowdy and violent and how officers struggled to take control
The video also provides evidence of why there are now many investigations. Criminal charges have been filed against rioters.
Plus, state investigators are looking into the use of force since a beanbag fired by law enforcement caused a man on the street to lose an eye.
And internal investigations are underway. Why weren’t police and deputies more prepared for this given that it had happened around the country?
Police are also reviewing many questions surrounding staffing and equipment from that day. The first officers at the scene even ran out of the pepper spray and smoke canisters they were using for crowd control.
Cuyahoga County just released video from cameras outside the Justice Center after the I-Team got a lawyer involved asking for it. The county had initially said it was not releasing the video because prosecutors were investigating possible crimes caught on camera. We argued the cameras are on a public building recording the public so the video should be public record.
The county says some incidents may not have been captured fully since the cameras are motion-activated.
Meantime, Cleveland police and the sheriff’s department have not yet answered many questions the I-Team is asking about the day of the rioting.
But now new video from 12 cameras gives us a new look at how it all started.
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