Cleveland Buys RNC Riot Insurance…(Gonna Need IT!)

Thursday, April 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

28 Apr 2016

The city of Cleveland, Ohio has bought insurance in anticipation of large scale rioting at this summer’s Republican National Convention, Shane Ferro reports at the Huffington Post. He also begins to lay out a media narrative that Republicans may to blame for some potential violence.

The RNC will take place in July. But as HuffPo reports, Cleveland is already making plans not just for the violence and chaos but for the rounds of lawsuits by leftist attorneys that often follow.

A spokesperson for the city of Cleveland emailed HuffPost a statement that said the city hired an insurance broker “to assist the City in identifying and procuring law enforcement professional liability and related insurance.” The statement also said it will be paid for through a federal grant. According to, the city will get a “$50 million federal security grant.”

In the article, HuffPo raises the specter of the 1968 contested Chicago Democrat Convention to advance the theory that it’s not just leftist protesters that are the risk, but that Republicans themselves may engage in the street violence or disruptive street protests:

“There’s such a huge range of things that can happen when you have that many people with so many different viewpoints together in a city,” said Christine Link, the executive director of the Ohio ACLU. She noted Cleveland is expecting between 50,000 and 75,000 extra people in its downtown area during the upcoming convention.

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