Cleveland Seeks to Buy Large Amount of Riot Gear For Republican National Convention

PoliceState102113By Joseph Jankowski

Cleveland is seeking to buy 2,000 sets of riot gear, including riot-control suits and collapsible batons, as apart of the city’s move to prepare for the July Republican National Convention.

According to a report from, the city seeks to obtain the “Elite Defender” riot-control suit manufactured by HWI Gear and a 26-inch baton manufactured by Monadnock, along with 2,000 bags to carry them.

Cleveland received $50 million as part of a federal appropriations bill back in December to offset the cost of security for the convention.

The city is also seeking to buy three miles of interlocking steel barriers, each 3.5 feet high, and buy another 3,250 feet of interlocking barriers that each would be 6.5 feet tall for the RNC, according to

The RNC has been designated as a National Special Security Event; therefore, its hosts can receive federal funding. Cleveland will plan the event security under the direction of the Secret Service.

The same appropriations bill which granted Cleveland with security funds also handed the same amount to Philadelphia, who will host the Democratic National Convention from July 25-28.

Its unsure whether or not the cities expect any violence to occur while the conventions are in town.

One thing is certain, though, if security receives the equipment they are bidding for in Cleveland, they will be more then ready to handle a crowd.

elite-defenderjpg-72ac43921b785fbaThe Cleveland RNC, scheduled for the week of July 18, is expected to attract 50,000 visitors.

Joseph Jankowski is a contributor for His works have been published by recognizable alternative news sites like, and

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