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Jul 18, 2016 5:28 PM

Political potpourri, heavy police presence dominates 1st day outisde RNC in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — While the business of politics is done inside the convention center, there is plenty going on outside.

In whatever way they can garner attention, thousands come to Cleveland to spread their political messages.

We encountered an entire busload of nuns who are handing out lemonade and talking to delegates about religious rights.

Illegal immigration is another popular theme.

“We have to make sure immigrants come in legally," said Sabine Derden, who came to the United States from Germany. "I came in the legal way.”

While the delegates come from all over the country, they are often outnumbered at events and on the streets by members of law enforcement.

Many police officers are wearing black bands on their badges to honor the three police officers killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. But some delegates say the huge police presence makes them a little uncomfortable.

“I went to a party last night with 5,000 delegates and twenty percent of them there were cops," said Scott Peelen, an RNC Convention Deleagte from Florida. "Is this the KGB or is it really America?”

Police were arresting protesters for scribbling chalk messages on cement barriers and on the streets, claiming police brutality is a problem in the United States.

“You might get critics, but we've done this every July,” said a protester named Melissa.

One of the chalked messages proclaimed, “Police State.”

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