Past Year: Cleveland Submits 10 Requests — Riot Gear and Crowd Control Solutions
The Republican Party, along with presumptive nominee Donald Trump, prepare to converge on Cleveland, Ohio for the Republican National Convention. For many months, “The Rock and Roll Capital of the World”, along with surrounding locales, have been preparing for the event. In part due to recent incidents throughout the United States, local law enforcement and other authorities are assembling resources to counter potential demonstrations and rioting.
So, what's the urgency? On CNN for one, Mr. Trump himself has predicted, "you’d have riots” if the party denies him the nomination. By most accounts, the city of Cleveland, with assistance from federal grants, is projected to spend roughly $20 million on security-related supplies, equipment, and pertinent apparatus.
The following is a rundown of the relevant purchase requests recently submitted by the City of Cleveland:
- Ballistic Helmets, Vests & Accessories
- Riot Control Gear, Batons & Accessories
- Extrication Coveralls
- Canine Unit SWAT K-9 Supplies
- Horse Protection Gear
- Battery Powered Extrication Tools
- Safety Helmets for the Division of EMS Cadets
- Re-Bid Spit Sock/Protective Hood
- Personal Protection Equipment (x2)
As crises unfold nationwide and we all witness law enforcement, counter-protesters, and others continuing to clash with protesters and various groups, it is reinforced that the roots of these current conflicts run deep and do not yield swift, nor simple, solutions. Even a cursory review of the history books reminds us there were riots as far back as the days prior to the birth of Christ.
Speaking of bygone times, many of us recall the 1968 Democratic National Convention, hosted by Chicago, Illinois, and marred by demonstrations, rioting and the resulting response by police and other authorities. As one peels back the layers that led to the tragic and troubling events in '68, and compare with the impending Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, a number of similarities seem pertinent.
- Convention taking place during a period of civil unrest and political turmoil.
- Recent demonstrations, protests and riots elsewhere in the United States.
- United States engaged in armed conflict(s) abroad.
- Division within the host political party.
- Mobilization of individuals and groups opposed to the host political party.
- Ineffective response by national and local leadership to minimize potential problems.
- Convention held in U.S. midwestern city.
Be assured, Cleveland is not alone. An analysis of our database divulged that many other local, state, and federal agencies, throughout the U.S., are soliciting and procuring riot and crowd control equipment, solutions, and services. So far in 2016, there have been a combined 454 requests, from state, local and federal agencies, for components of riot and crowd control tactics.
Sample Active Bids/RFPs
Riot Gear and Crowd Control
Amendment I - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I, like many, in part served in the United States armed forces to protect and promote that right, along with the other nine comprising our nation's "Bill of Rights". In the oath of enlistment, we pledge to, "...support and defend the Constitution of the United States..." We didn't take those words lightly back then and we don't today.
A vast majority of us have watched with sadness and dismay at the unspeakable violence associated with recent protests and riots in the United States. As government agencies continue to gear up and stockpile in advance, let us all hope people are permitted and do safely exercise their rights as Americans. Here's to reasonable, wise, and honorable choices made by all in Cleveland. You're up next Philadelphia.
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