The Latest: Police considered open carry ban for convention


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The Cleveland police chief says that security planners considered whether a ban on the open carry of firearms could be enforced during this week’s Republican National Convention but learned that police had no authority to override state law.

The issue surrounding open carry has become a concern in Cleveland after the fatal shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in recent days.

The president of one of Cleveland’s police unions asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich to suspend the law that allows legal gun owners to carry firearms openly. Kasich countered that he doesn’t have the authority to do so.

Several people showed up on Cleveland’s Public Square on Sunday carrying firearms. About a dozen people had guns before the start of a Monday rally.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Monday that police officers are being told to be especially cautious.

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9:10 a.m.

Left-leaning activist groups pushing for “economic justice” and an “America First Unity March” sponsored by Citizens for Trump will hit the streets of Cleveland.

Two groups are scheduled to hold rallies and marches Monday, the official start of the four-day Republican National Convention.

There are concerns about violent protests during the RNC between supporters and foes of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Cleveland police reported one arrest Sunday after a man tried to grab a police officer’s gas mask.

Monday also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Cleveland’s Hough riots. The riots that began July 18, 1966, were sparked by a confrontation between black residents and a white bar owner and led to nearly a week of looting and violence in one of the city’s east side neighborhoods.