RNC 2016: Officers treated for numbness, possibly from stickers

Published: Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 5:56 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 7:36 PM

Police work to contain crowds, protests at RNC

UPDATE @ 7:34 p.m.:

Cleveland police are advising the people to not accept stickers from anyone they do not know.

An officer with a skin irritation is believed to have come into contact with a sticker from a person at public square, officials say.


Cleveland police are looking for people placing yellow stickers on peoples’ arms in Downtown near the Republican National Convention site.

A Georgia trooper and a Cleveland police officer, both part of the RNC security team, are being treated for unknown skin irritations, according to Cleveland police.

The officers reportedly experienced numbness in their arms after stickers stating “I am awesome” were placed on them near East 4th and Euclid, according to WOIO-CBS, who spoke with officials. The trooper has been released by medical teams, but the officer is still being treated.

It’s unknown if the stickers caused the numbness.

At 5:15pm, a third officer had a sticker put on his neck, and it also went numb.

The stickers are being tested by law enforcement.

Syringes are also causing problems for Cleveland police.

Late this afternoon, police added syringes to the prohibited items list for the protest and convention site areas.

The reason behind the decision is unclear.

A reporter with our sister station WFTV of Orlando, learned from police sources in Cleveland that officers keep finding bags filled with rocks, bricks and other items on the roofs and garages of buildings in downtown. Law enforcement officials remove the bags and they’ll reappear. Police worry the rocks and bricks will be used as weapons against security forces.


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