Raw video: walking through police wall

Flag burning at RNC leads to 17 arrests, officers injured

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.:

A flag burning protest at the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue led to the arrests of approximately 17 people, police said.

Two individuals were arrested for felony crimes and 15 were arrested for misdemeanor offenses.

Cleveland’s Police Chief said several people were lit on fire during the protest.

The potential charges against those arrested range from failure to disperse to assault on a police officer.

INITIAL REPORT:

Cleveland Police arrested 17 people following a fight and U.S. flag burning at the corner of East 4th St. and Prospect Ave.

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As dueling demonstrators started to fight, officers quickly mobilized and formed a human wall in an attempt to keep the protesters apart.

Firefighters entered the crowd to put out the fire.

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Some people were refusing dispersal orders when officers were shutting down the intersection.

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Two officers were injured in the melee before they were able to finally calm the crowd.

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Cleveland Police are expected to hold a news conference at 7 p.m. to release more information on the incident.

It was a busy Wednesday for officers protecting demonstrators across downtown Cleveland.

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