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Cleveland ups RNC security after Dallas, but still scrambling

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>> Cleveland police already scrambling to get a security plan in place ahead of the Republican National Convention, now under more pressure in the wake of an ambush that killed five officers in Dallas last week. Authorities increasing surveillance and intelligence operations, but with just a week left before the start of what could be the most chaotic nominating event in recent history, critics say law enforcement is still wildly undertrained.
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And instead of a security team re-enforced by the country's largest police departments, Cleveland's cobbled together about 3,000 officers, who will use borrowed and rented equipment. Reuters Kim Palmer has the story.>> The harshest criticism has come from police union president Steve Loomis, who said in talking with his rank and file officers on the street, that the equipment was hastily ordered and took a long time to get here and doesn't fit all the officers.
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And that there's not enough, what some call riot gear and what he calls protection gear, to protect the officers in what he thinks is going to be a long and drawn out engagement with protesters and demonstrators.>> The need for proper training and additional security was already heightened this year, thanks in part to presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.
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Throughout the campaign, protesters have clashed with his supporters. Sometimes violently, and sometimes with his tacit consent.>> I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you that.
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Already, 40 pro and anti Trump groups have gotten permits to demonstrate in Cleveland. And things could get heated inside the convention as well, if GOP leaders in opposition to the New York billionaire try to stage a coup and nominate a different candidate.
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The city is also under pressure after a series of high profile police shootings in the past year. 12 year old Tamir Rice who was killed while playing with a toy gun. And Michael Brelo, one of 13 officers who fired 137 rounds into a car during a high speed chase.
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Incidents like this prompted Cleveland to take out a $50 million insurance policy for the convention, spending four times as much as Tampa did when it hosted the RNC in 2012.>> At least part of the reason we may be looking at a larger cost for the insurance is that the city is under a consent decree.
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The DOJ, the Department of Justice, is monitoring the city after a finding of a patterned practice of excessive force.>> The convention which begins July 18th is expected to draw about 50,000 people to Cleveland. Authorities estimate 5,000 officers will be on hand.>> Thank you.>> Thank you.