Cleveland police refute bizarre rumors of syringe attacks at GOP convention

Cleveland police refute bizarre rumors of syringe attacks at GOP convention

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A police line separates protesters from the crowd. Loree Lewis/Talk Media News

CLEVELAND (Talk Media News) – The Cleveland Police Department denied rumors Thursday that police officers were stuck with syringes or needles near the site of the Republican convention.

Cleveland Division of Police’s public information officer Jennifer Ciaccia said that syringes would be banned within the convention’s perimeter to quell any lingering concerns. They were not prohibited prior.

A statement from the division said that two officers have been treated for skin irritations resulting “from an unknown origin,” a fact that may have fueled the rumors.

One Georgia State Trooper has been treated and released, according to the statement, while a Cleveland Police Officer was still receiving medical care as of 8:05pm.

Thursday marks the final night of the Republican convention.

The rumors of officers being randomly poked bear similarities with debunked urban legends spread online in the 90s, in which chain-emails claimed that HIV positive individuals were hiding used needles in public in hopes of infecting others.

It was addressed by the popular debunking site Snopes.com.

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