Cleveland seeks 2,000 riot-control suits for GOP convention

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland plans to buy 2,000 riot-control suits with collapsible batons as it prepares for hosting the Republican National Convention in July. ( ) reports the notice seeking providers for that gear comes as the city has ramped up its public process to spend the $50 million federal security grant for the event.

Bid paperwork shows Cleveland also is looking to purchase more than 300 sets of long-sleeve jackets, gloves and shin guards that would function as riot-control gear for police riding bicycles. Previously, it has sought to buy 300 bicycles, 15 motorcycles, 25 sets of tactical armor and enough 3.5-foot-high interlocking steel barriers to cover about 3 miles.

The city is slated to have thousands of police officers on hand for the convention, which is expected to draw 50,000 visitors.


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