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Tennessee Delegates Greeted By Protesters at RNC

About 2,500 police officers from other states will be joining Cleveland police in patrolling the city during the RNC. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)
About 2,500 police officers from other states will be joining Cleveland police in patrolling the city during the RNC. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)
July 18, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Tennessee's 58 delegates are among the thousands in Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. Among them will be protesters voicing concerns over the Republican platform and the presumptive nominee Donald Trump. In light of the recent tensions involving police and community relations around the country, experts say it's important that demonstrators know their rights, and their obligations.

Senior instructor of law at Case Western, Michael Benza explains all people have a First Amendment right to protest and march.

"Where the problems come in, is when their exercise of their rights to protest start to either interfere with other people's ability to go about their daily lives or start to impeded law enforcement's ability to control the situation and keep everybody safe," he said.

A 1.7 mile event zone is set up downtown with security restrictions. It includes a designated speaker's area, a parade route for those with a permit, and two parks for protests and displays. About 2,500 police officers from other states will be joining Cleveland police in patrolling the city during the RNC.

Benza said a protester is only obligated to answer a question from a police officer if suspected of a crime and only needs to show a photo ID if driving a vehicle. He said a search can only be performed if a person gives consent, or there is a search warrant or probable cause. And Benza noted citizens have a right to record police.

"They cannot tell you, 'Turn off your recording,'" he added. "They can't ask you, 'Why are you recording?' They can't ask who you are to do the recording. They are simply to allow you to do that recording."

Cleveland officials have developed plans to respond to the possibility of mass arrests including designated jail facilities and extended court hours.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - TN