Police union asks for suspension of OH open-carry law during RNC

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During an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Association, called on Kasich to declare a state of emergency and suspend open-carry laws in the wake of the shooting in Baton Rouge that left three officers dead and three others wounded.

"We're going to be doing things differently (after today's attack)", Loomis said.

"Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal", said Kasich, who called law enforcement "a noble, essential calling". "Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested", said Gov. Kasich in response to the request.

President Barack Obama condemned the violence Sunday from the White House briefing room.

"These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop", Obama said in a statement.

Williams said during a morning news briefing that Cleveland police commanders will inform those who choose to open carry what their responsibilities are under OH law.

Open carrying of firearms is generally allowed in many states, although some require a permit or licence, according to the California-based non-profit Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

The Secret Service has established a small "secure zone" around Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, in which all weapons are banned. Mr. Loomis added, "I couldn't care less if it's legal or not". "It needs to be done".

The request by union president Steve Loomis, but Kasich says OH governors don't have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or laws. Law enforcement shouldn't have to fear that citizens will be carrying weapons of war.

Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was slower to respond, taking several hours before releasing a statement that said the shootings were "an assault on all of us". "They've been planning their security around that issue". Of course, we've ramped that up a little as far as our technique and our tactics to handle them. "And we want to make sure people do that safely".

About one third of those officers will be joining thousands of law enforcement officers from around the state and the country in providing security during the convention.

Over 10,000 protesters from various groups such as "America First", a pro-Trump group, Black Lives Matter, and other groups will have a presence in Cleveland. "But we're prepared for it all".

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