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East Cleveland Residents Protest

EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A dozen protestors took to the intersection of Euclid and Forest Hills in East Cleveland demanding action. They believe a four-way blinking red light at the busy intersection is a threat to pedestrians and traffic.

They took a stand in the street for about an hour.

"We don't want anyone to get killed right here, we don't want people to wreck their cars," said protest organizer Gerald Strothers.

The protesters believe the blinking red light causes confusion among drivers and pedestrians, and will eventually lead to someone getting seriously hurt. They are asking that the city return the light to a normal operation to ensure safety.

Police showed up five minutes after protesters took to the street. They didn't make the protesters leave, instead they directed traffic through the intersection and let the protest run its course.

An East Cleveland school is just down the street from the intersection.

"We have children coming back and forth and up and down these streets. Not only is it unsafe for our children it is unsafe for our drivers," said Miss Jackson, who was driving through the intersection during the protest.

East Cleveland financial difficulties have been well documented, and that leads to the second reason, the protesters believe, that the lights are blinking red.

"They are making money at $300 a ticket every time they pull a car over for not coming to a complete stop which at this speed is kind of dangerous."

Phone calls to the East Cleveland Chief of Police Michael Cardilli to get the city's point of view were not returned.

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