Police: RNC rallies in Cleveland mostly peaceful

Police search group of protesters attending RNC in Cleveland. Photo: Eric Heisler (WHTM)

CLEVELAND (AP) – The first day of rallies outside the Republican National Convention featured angry rhetoric, armed attendees and an arrest, but authorities avoided the sort of violence they fear could still flare up.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters Monday evening, “So far, so good.”

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters and foes had held dueling rallies a half-mile apart.

Williams says bicycle officers moved in several times to keep sniping between groups from becoming violent.

The one arrest involved a person on the city’s Public Square who had a felony warrant and also is being charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

The riverside pro-Trump rally attracted about a dozen attendees who showed up with handguns strapped to their belts as allowed under Ohio law. Blocks away, protesters shouted about police mistreatment.

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