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Cleveland Police: Four people arrested during Tuesday's presidential debate demonstrations

Police officials say there were no major incidents as 'demonstrations and attendees remained mostly lawful and peaceful.'

CLEVELAND — While the atmosphere between President Trump and former Vice President Biden was heated inside of Cleveland's Samson Pavilion, police officials say things were 'mostly lawful and peaceful' on the streets of the city. 

The Cleveland Division of Police reported that four people have been arrested as of late Tuesday evening.

"The Cleveland Division of Police partnered with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels in order to ensure the safety of Clevelanders and visitors, including those who came to our city to express their First Amendment right to free speech. The event concluded with no major incidents as demonstrations and attendees remained mostly lawful and peaceful," the department wrote on its social media platforms. 

Police officials say they will have more about the arrests on Wednesday at a news conference scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

There were two demonstrations taking place near the CWRU campus Tuesday evening.

At around 5 o’clock on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Euclid, a group of about a dozen demonstrators with ‘Refuse Fascism’ had a confrontation with officers with Eastside Department Group Enforcement (EDGE).

3News cameras were there as officers confiscated signs. Officers said it was because of the stakes on the signs. Within a few minutes, the signs were returned--without the states. 

Just across the Wade Lagoon, at least two hundred demonstrators with Black Lives Matter began gathering.

The first presidential debate of 2020 was held this evening in Cleveland. The Cleveland Division of Police partnered...

Posted by Cleveland Police on Tuesday, September 29, 2020