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Secret Service: 'No Specific, Credible Threat Related to the RNC'

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. (AP) 

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 05:36 PM

Authorities in Cleveland have not uncovered any specific or credible threats on the upcoming Republican National Convention, but they are watching out for a lone-wolf style attack.

According to Cleveland.com, federal and local authorities addressed the media Tuesday and spoke about the security situation for the July 18-21 event.

"In terms of the threats, there's no specific, credible threat related to the RNC," Secret Service director Joseph Clancy said.

"Our strategic goal has been to develop a security plan that will create a safe and secure environment for everyone: those attending the RNC and for those who are exercising their First Amendment rights."

FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said law enforcement will still be vigilant, regardless of what their intelligence says.

"That's not to say there aren't things that concern us everyday, regardless of whether the RNC is here or not," Anthony said.

The press briefing occurred at the Multi-Agency Communications Center, whose location is being kept a secret for security reasons.

Chief Calvin Williams of the Cleveland Police Department said roughly one third of his 1,500-strong force "are dedicated to the convention," adding that more reserve officers will be called in if necessary.

"Our officers are prepared," Williams said.

Clancy told USA Today authorities are preparing for all threats, including one like the sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers last week.

"You look at snipers, you look at mass attacks, you look at protest groups large and small," Clancy said. You look at any possibility that's out there."

Despite the absence of credible threats, members of the New Black Panther Party said they will carry firearms in protest areas if Ohio law allows them to do so.

"If that state allows us to bear arms, the Panthers and the others who can legally bear arms will bear arms," Hashim Nzinga, chairman of the New Black Panther Party, told Reuters

Ohio officials told Reuters it is legal to carry weapons in public under state law.

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Authorities in Cleveland have not uncovered any specific or credible threats on the upcoming Republican National Convention, but they are watching out for a lone-wolf style attack.
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