Cleveland to provide security briefing on GOP convention

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland and the U.S. Secret Service are planning a briefing on security preparations for next week’s Republican National Convention.

The briefing is scheduled for Wednesday. Ongoing concerns about potential protest violence during the convention in downtown Cleveland have been heightened by last week’s ambush shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers. They were killed at the end of a march protesting the fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Cleveland police have been mostly tight-lipped about security preparations. The Secret Service is overseeing those plans and is responsible for security in the area surrounding Quicken Loans Arena, which is serving as the convention hall.

Police officials have said thousands of officers from Cleveland and other agencies will provide downtown security for the convention, which begins Monday.

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