Cleveland businesses boarding up storefronts in preparation for Tuesday’s presidential debate

by Peter Heck · Sep 29th, 2020 10:32 am

Last Updated Oct 15th, 2020 at 10:14 am

In preparation for Tuesday night's first presidential debate in Cleveland between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, some of the city's businesses are boarding up their storefronts and office windows.

"This is some concern based on all of the folks with all of the different ideologies that will be coming to town and if they will direct that energy toward themselves and/or if they will do toward personal property," said City Councilman Blaine Griffin.

Griffin was referencing a May 30 protest in Cleveland following the death of George Floyd that devolved into riots and vandalism. The FBI is taking precautions to ensure there is no repeat occurrence.

Cleveland police will be closing key roads and maintaining an active and increased presence on the streets over the course of the next 24 hours.

"We support anybody's right to protest and do what they need to do, but we just don't want any harm to personal property," Griffin said.


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