CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has breathed a sigh of relief as the Republican convention concluded with about two dozen arrests over four days thanks to a massive police presence and protesters’ own concerns for their safety.READ MORE: Supreme Court Justices Consider Hearing Dallas Hospital Case On 'Most Offensive Word'
City officials and police who braced for mass disruptions and violence during this summer of bloodshed struck a confident note as the convention wrapped up Thursday.
Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said police were not nervous but trained and in place to keep the public safe.READ MORE: Storms Cause Evacuation Of Texas Border Patrol Tent Facility
The demonstrations that many feared would end in pitched battles between police and protesters turned at times into carnival-like scenes, with bongo players and with protesters dressed as nuns on stilts.
There were tense moments as protesters filled the downtown Public Square, but most people seemed to get along.MORE NEWS: American Airlines Among 3 Biggest US Carriers Suspending Flights To Israel
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