Crime Cleveland police say five arrested in attempted Progressive Field break-in

21:25  05 june  2020
21:25  05 june  2020 Source:   cleveland.com

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Five people were arrested early today attempting to break into Progressive Field and vandalize it, authorities say.

a group of people sitting at a train station: Progressive Field. [Plain Dealer file photo] © Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer/cleveland.com/TNS Progressive Field. [Plain Dealer file photo]

Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said the five tried to enter the stadium between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. He said the five were protesters who were not from the city or Cuyahoga County, though they were from Ohio. They had various items with them, including fire starters and protest signs.

Williams said stadium security notified police, and officers made the arrests. Cleveland police did not provide the names and addresses of the people arrested.

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“A lot of people come here to tear down our city; we can’t let that happen,” Williams said.

The arrests came on the last day of the city’s curfew, which stemmed from Saturday’s violent protests downtown. Officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets as demonstrators burned police cars, vandalized the Justice Center and several buildings and attacked residents.

Police said 99 people were arrested, and dozens more on curfew violations. On Friday, the FBI announced the arrests of two men from Erie, Pennsylvania, Brandon Althof-Long and Devon Poland, on federal weapons charges stemming from the protests, authorities said.

“The curfew works,” Williams said. “The curfew works.”

On Wednesday, Cleveland attorney Mark Ondrejech sought to block the curfews, saying they were based on the whim of Mayor Frank Jackson. He said the city had calmed since the violence of last weekend. The city’s last curfew expired at 6 a.m. Friday.

“Once there is violence against people or property, we have to take action,” Jackson said Friday.

Asked about possible protests this weekend, Williams said: “We’re prepared. We’re prepared.”


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