Flag Burning Results in Arrests on Day 3 of RNC
Day three outside the Republican National Convention began with local authorities addressing an altercation with radio personality Alex Jones the day before and ended with a flag burning altercation Wednesday evening.
The City of Cleveland Media Briefing kicked off day three. Mayor Frank Jackson made brief, so-far-so-good type remarks in regards to the general progress of the event. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams responded to questions after his update report from day two. He identified some open carry activists in the area on Tuesday, outlined the continued use of the bicycle police units in strategic situations (especially in the Public Square area with competing protesters), as well as giving status report on a small group of young people who were running on the streets in the evening hours acting like hooligans and donning masks to hide their identity.
Williams also detailed the personal interaction he had with Jones at the start of a heated standoff in the Public Square on Tuesday that resulted in bicycle police units separating the parties. The Chief was in the speaking podium area when Jones made his entrance amid a tense back-and-forth with counter protesters. The exchange escalated and Jones was struck on his upper body, at which point Williams separated Jones from the fracas and handed him off to state police, who removed him from the area.
Wednesday appeared to continue much like the previous two days had, but a flag burning incident brought a surge of officers on horses and bicycles to the Public Square. A group of 17 people were removed by police. Two or them were eventually arrested and charged with felony assault on an officer, and the other 15 cited for misdemeanors as a result of a scuffle following the flag burning.
Below are pictures ICTMN Correspondent Charles Kader took on Day 3 of the Republican National Convention:
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