The Latest: Activists say cops lied about man being on fire


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on protests, rallies and marches outside the Republican National Convention (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

Members of the Revolutionary Communist Party say no one was on fire as police had claimed when they moved in to make arrests during an American flag burning near the Republican National Convention.

Cleveland police originally said 17 people were arrested Wednesday. Police updated that total Thursday to 18 people.

Police said officers had moved in because a member’s pants had caught on fire.

But a supporter of the Revolutionary Party said at a news conference Thursday morning that police “lied” about people being on fire. Sunsara Taylor says members are being illegally detained to prevent them from protesting. She says the group will hold another protest Thursday.

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12:15 a.m.

Donald Trump opponents are planning more protests outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as the event reaches it finale.

The anti-Trump forces are planning an afternoon parade and an evening rally Thursday, the day Trump is scheduled to accept the Republican nomination for president.

The four-day convention has been a challenge for police, who have arrested 22 people.

A flag-burning in the streets outside the convention on Wednesday sparked the most turbulent protests of the week and resulted in 17 arrests. Those arrested face charges including inciting violence and felonious assault on a police officer.

Police say two officers were assaulted and suffered minor injuries.

The chaos briefly prevented delegates and members of the media from getting into the Quicken Loans Arena for the evening’s proceedings.

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