Cleveland officials believe some protesters from out of state used local addresses when arrested

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June 1, 2020

10:00 p.m. update:

The City of Cleveland is providing more insight into the violent protests in downtown on Saturday night.

In a press release issued Monday, officials explained that some participants at the Justice Center became unruly and were throwing rocks and bottles at officers and also destroying property. As a result, the police commander ordered the crowd to disperse but some didn’t cooperate.

“When dispersal orders were ignored and assaults on officers continued, officers deployed munitions including pepper spray. Protesters continued with criminal acts of violence including Aggravated Rioting, and Vandalism, which were countered by police with the use of less lethal means including smoke,” they explained.

Officers were injured during the course of the day and police, fire and EMS vehicles were also damaged and destroyed.

Officials are still assessing the costs associated with the violent protests.

“As we have previously stated, despite the arrestees using local addresses, we believe that many were from outside the State of Ohio. This matter remains under investigation,” officials said.

FOX 8’s Ed Gallek has been investigating the protests and learned that new evidence has been obtained showing the vandalism and looting were organized.

You can see his report in the video above.

5:30 p.m. update:

More businesses are boarding up their windows after this weekend’s violent protests. Those include businesses in Chagrin Falls. A protest scheduled for Tuesday there was cancelled.

4:30 p.m. update

EAST CLEVELAND (WJW) — The mayor of East Cleveland is planning to enforce a curfew along Euclid Avenue Monday night.

The city’s law director confirmed the information to the I-TEAM Monday afternoon. The curfew reportedly goes into at 8 p.m.

The curfew comes in response to possible protests in East Cleveland that are tied to the death of George Floyd.

2:30 p.m. update

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WJW) — Protesters are marching through Painesville in the name of George Floyd.

They are marching for justice and against police violence.

Protesters can be heard chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police,” “hands up, don’t shoot,” “black lives matter” and “say his name.”

2 p.m. update

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Cleveland businesses are facing the aftermath of Saturday’s protests.

I-TEAM reporter Ed Gallek says business people are still “tense.” Several businesses were seen boarding up more windows Sunday night in case of more violence.

Monday workers were seen cleaning up glass and repairing broken windows. Crews were sweeping glass out of the streets and attempting to remove graffiti from walls and monuments.

It is unclear how long it will take to make all the necessary repairs.

As Gallek says, the “impact of this weekend’s mayhem with downtown riots may not yet be fully known.” Police say they expect to continue filing reports this week.

12:10 p.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office says the number of arrests involving weekend rioting, looting and curfew violations in Cleveland is up to 99.

As of Sunday, 66 arrests had been reported.

12 p.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — The owner of the downtown location of Yours Truly is sharing details about looting that happened at his business Saturday night.

Larry Shibley said his restaurant was notified of a group of protesters moving up Euclid Avenue Saturday evening causing destruction.

The employees were able to get out just before protesters broke the front windows and “immediately looted the bar.”

Learn more in the video above.

9:45 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Felony charges have been filed against 33 people in this weekend’s violent protests in Cleveland. About 32 misdemeanor charges of failure to comply were also filed.

At least one suspect is set to appear in court Monday morning.

According to court documents, Kasin Lane was arrested at around 7:11 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Lakeside Avenue.

According to the warrant, Lane was allegedly told numerous times by police officers to disperse before using his bicycle to smash out a window at a business.

Police arrested 65 adults and one juvenile during the protests. Charges include aggravated rioting, vandalism, disorderly conduct and curfew violations.

For more on the downtown curfew, click here.

6 a.m. update

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Members of the Ohio National Guard, Cleveland police and other law enforcement Monday morning were blocking streets into the heart of the city after the extension of a curfew for downtown.

The curfew is in effect through 8 p.m. Tuesday and includes the Market District of Ohio City. Those who violate the curfew may be arrested and have their vehicles towed.

Click here to view the updated Proclamation of Civil Emergency (Civil Unrest) and maps of the affected area.

The city has placed concrete walls at roadblocks on West 25th Street. All exits into downtown Cleveland are closed, Fox 8’s Patty Harken reports.

The curfew comes after violent protests over the weekend. 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.

Protesters calmly gathered, giving speeches and holding signs at the Free Stamp. As one group marched to Public Square, another stayed near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Cleveland police said some tried to break windows at the building and officers reported being struck by projectiles. Several vehicles were set on fire including police cruisers. Police gave commands for the crowd to disperse, which were ignored by several demonstrators.

Several businesses including CVS, Colossal Cupcakes, and the Indians Team Shop were broken into. Some businesses were heavily damaged.

**Take a closer look at looting here**

Police arrested 65 adults and one juvenile during the protests. Charges include aggravated rioting, vandalism, disorderly conduct and curfew violations.

The Ohio National Guard arrived in Cleveland on Sunday to help law enforcement following Saturday night’s violent protests.

Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson said the people who caused destruction Saturday night will be brought to justice. Officials are reviewing video to see who caused all of the destruction.

Continuing coverage, here.

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