“Police resources deployed will now be well briefed on potential ambush and diversion scenarios, as well having police personnel in place to watch for potential snipers and/or active shooters that will target the actual security force,” said Gomez, who is now an ABC News contributor.
He said that plainclothes officers and snipers could be used as additional elements of a layered police presence.
In spite of the unrest in Louisiana, the days before the first party national convention of the year — which opens at 1 p.m. today — have been relatively calm.
There was at least one arrest of a protester in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon after the individual reportedly tried to take a trooper’s gas mask, according to the Cleveland Police Department.
Sunday’s demonstrations were largely peaceful, with one multihour protest eventually dispersing without incident as police stood by. Many were seen with specially outfitted bikes that are being used both as transportation and as a makeshift barrier.
“The shooting will only add to what is already an extraordinarily complicated security environment, which is further complicated by the open carry issue,” he said, referring to Ohio gun laws that allow people to legally carry their guns in public.
“Law enforcement and security personnel are dealing with an extremely high-risk threat environment — while ... trying to allow people to lawfully protest. The next several days are going to be very intense for law enforcement in Cleveland,” Cohen said.