ACLU accuses Cleveland of adding to chaos during RNC

ACLU asks to approve RNC protest permits

CLEVELAND - The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio put pressure Thursday on the City of Cleveland to finally approve permits for protestors during the Republican National Convention—or else.

In a letter sent to the city, it threatened litigation if a decision was not made by June 1. 

According to a spokesman for the city, there have been five requests so far. Not one of them has been approved.

He had no idea Thursday on how soon any of them would be approved, either.

“It only adds to the chaos. A lot of people want to come to town,” said Christine Link, executive director of the ACLU of Ohio.

“A week ago people who were applying in Philadelphia started to receive their permits for their various events,” she added. “The Philadelphia Convention is much later than ours.”

She suspects the delayed approvals in Cleveland are being used as a tactic to keep crowd numbers down this summer.

“If they don’t know where to go and where they belong, things are going to get awfully confusing,” she said.

But there was one bright spot today.

Police in Austin, Texas confirmed to Channel 3 News that they will be sending 90 officers from the Texas Capitol to help police during the RNC.

It comes as some smaller departments are allegedly pulling out, a matter the city would not discuss. 


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