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Cleveland Top Cop: Suspend Open Carry — ‘I Don’t Care If It’s Constitutional Or Not’

Cleveland Top Cop: Suspend Open Carry -- 'I Don’t Care If It’s Constitutional Or Not'

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CLEVELAND – The head of Cleveland’s police union is asking Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend the state’s open carry law in light of a series of police shootings, including one Sunday that killed three officers in Louisiana.

The Republican National Convention began Monday in Cleveland with an unprecedented amount of security.

“We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point,” Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN. “They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”

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Kasich, a Republican, responded by saying he did not have the power “to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”

“The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we’re doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal,” Kasich said.

Loomis, concerned about protests outside the convention and about police becoming targets, said officers would view open carry guns with suspicion.

“We are going to be looking very, very hard at anyone who has an open carry,” he said. “An AR-15, a shotgun, multiple handguns. It’s irresponsible of those folks — especially right now — to be coming downtown with open carry ARs or anything else. I couldn’t care less if it’s legal or not. We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can’t go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there.”

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4 comments

  1. It’s things like this that give rise to the new definition of LEO:
    Legally Entitled to Oppress
    (With thanks to Bob Livingston)

  2. We must keep to the Constitution but I think the public should voluntarily pay heed to the police chief’s thoughts. Police and the public should be on the same page. I believe the police , if in need of extra security then trained militia should be placed at the RC convention .

    • @ Jay

      And you violate the constitutional rights of every American..The right to keep and bear arms.

      From the U. S. Declaration of independence…
      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. “

  3. What is more disgusting is that the guy who swore an oath to uphold the Constition is willing to “Temporally” suspend it. Who knows what the next person in power will be willing to suspend for the good of the people. He should quit.

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