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Potential for inauguration trouble barely mentioned as Cleveland council panel reviews May 30 rioting, police response

Potential for inauguration trouble barely mentioned as Cleveland council panel reviews May 30 rioting, police response
Council's Public Safety Committee focused on the police handling of the downtown riots.

A City Council panel discussed protests and policing demonstrations for more than two hours Wednesday with Cleveland’s police chief and public safety director, but the potential for trouble occurring on Jan.CLEVELAND, Ohio – A City Council panel discussed protests and policing demonstrations for more than two hours Wednesday with Cleveland’s police chief and public safety director, but the potential for trouble occurring on Jan.The only reference came when Councilman Mike Polensek offered the two public safety officials his unsolicited advice about what to tell anyone contemplating protests of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.” Wednesday’s meeting of the Public Safety Committee was called to review Cleveland’s assessment of how police responded May 30 when a peaceful demonstration over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police devolved into rioting.

The council committee met with Police Chief Calvin Williams, Public Safety Director Karrie Howard, Black Lives Matter Cleveland organizer Kareem Henton and Julian Khan, a community activist who was a legal observer downtown on May 30.But the FBI has warned it expects armed protests across the country leading up to Biden’s inauguration, prompting states to tightening security in their capitals.

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