Cleveland courts to be open for nearly 24 hrs during Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND, OH - As Cleveland prepares for the Republican National Convention going on July 18 - 21, the city's court employees are getting ready for some overtime.

The Cleveland Municipal Court will be open 20 hours a day.  From 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. they'll process protesters who come out to rally against Trump.  The court is expecting about 1,000 people per day to be processed during the convention.

Perhaps it's because this election year wherever Trump is, protesters are sure to follow.  City officials say protesters will come whether or not they get permits.

"We wanna be downtown where the people of Cleveland are and we want to be seen and we want to be heard," says Tom Burke, of The Coalition to Stop Trump.

While the courts may be prepared for the influx, Cleveland police say the city is not ready.

"I think that we're in panic mode now, the city's in panic mode, and we're seeing a lot more training evolutions, which is a good thing, but we're still not where we need to be," says Steve Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association.

They're still dealing with riot gear that doesn't fit their officers.  Like it or not, the Trump train will roll into their station in less than two weeks.