How Dallas police shootings could affect RNC security: I-Team

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I-Team is investigating how the murders of Dallas police officers during a protest there could affect security here in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

One official speaking on background said planners had talked about possibilities such as what happened in Dallas “numerous times” before this. Adding, “If we haven’t talked about this before, we’re in trouble.”

The I-Team has found Cleveland police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department routinely watch over crowds with officers you never see. For instance, snipers look down on the annual police memorial parade and ceremony in case someone wants to target police.

And during events such as the recent Cavs victory parade and rally, police often have teams of officers including snipers watching from above with undercover officers in with crowds.

The ambush of the officers in Dallas came from sniper fire.

The I-Team has reported Cleveland recently spent $87,000 on night vision binoculars to help police see at night during the Republican National Convention.

In short, police use a lot of techniques in large crowds to see as much as they can, but they still can’t see everything. In fact, just after the Cavs victory rally, gunshots rang out in the crowd, and a teen girl got shot in the legs. The suspected shooter has not been caught.

As for the Convention security, we should learn more early next week. Federal and local officials plan to hold a news conference and take questions from reporters.

More coverage on the RNC here.

More on the tragedy in Dallas here.

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