Ohio police in riot gear on election day

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 8:11 EDT
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WNWO NBC 24 reported:

“Toledo police are gearing up for possible “Civil unrest” during and after tomorrow’s elections.”

“In an internal memo obtained exclusively by NBC 24 News, officers are ordered to ‘Have their riot equipment with them Tuesday and Wednesday’. Police chief Mike Navarre confirms, officers will have gear similar to the equipment they used during the 2005 race riots. ‘They have been asked to have their helmets and their gas masks available tomorrow and Wednesday.’, Navarre says, ‘That’s the equipment they would not normally carry with them on a normal day.’”

“Navarre also says, officers will not be stationed at individual polling stations. But the memo says otherwise. It reads, ‘On Tuesday, units shall be directed to patrol the polling locations.’”

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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