CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland has designated a route for protest marches during the Republican National Convention while leaving open the possibility that marches would be allowed outside the event zone surrounding the arena where it's being held.
The announcement Wednesday comes after a civil rights organization warned it would sue if officials didn't decide by June 1 whether to grant parade permit applications for two groups planning large rallies July 18, the first day of the four-day convention.
One group plans to protest economic inequality while the other wants to celebrate presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The police chief says Cleveland will try to accommodate protesters outside the event zone surrounding Quicken Loans Arena like it has accommodated protesters the previous 18 months.
The route for protest marches is about 1½ miles long.