CLEVELAND, Ohio – The driver in a police caravan led by vehicles marked as belonging to the city of Shaker Heights gave the middle finger to protestors lining the street in University Circle ahead of the presidential debate.
The incident happened as a caravan of vehicles carrying armed officers turned from East Boulevard onto Hazel Drive not far from a where a non-violent social justice protest that included Black Lives Matter Cleveland was held.
Early crowd estimates say at least 500 people attended the event.
“Why are you in riot gear? I don’t see no riot here,” protesters can be heard chanting as the vehicles pass by.
The one-finger salute can clearly be seen from an arm extended out of the window of the third vehicle of officers.
The BLM march circled around the cordoned off areas near the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion of the Health Education Campus. Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are hosts of the debate.
Many demonstrators called it a night as the sun went down shortly before 8 p.m. as the march returned to Wade Oval near the Cleveland Museum of Art. The 90-minute debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden started at 9 p.m.