I had no reason to be downtown for the RNC. I'm not a reporter or protester. And certainly NOT a fan of Trump. But I love Cleveland, I find politics interesting, and I believe in freedom of speech. I wanted to see how my town handle the convention. I wanted to see if protesters would be peaceful and police helpful. And I wanted to take photos of everything.
My first trip downtown was Tuesday. I spent the afternoon around Public Square. There were speakers scheduled throughout the day. People there to voice their opposition to Trump, the police, the RNC, anti-abortionists, Westboro Baptists, and an array of peaceful activists.
It was shocking to see so many police officers, from all over the country. Along with military people, bomb sniffing dogs, cops on bikes and horses. So many guns. The next big shock was the number of news crews and photojournalists. When I arrived, there were more cameras than actual protesters. It was fun to watch them running around to find anyone slightly interesting to interview.
My dream job is now photojournalist.