I-Team: CLE security alarmed by what was in man’s bag

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Video released to the FOX 8 I-Team shows the moment a man walked into Cleveland City Hall with a bag of what appeared to be tomatoes.

That caused alarm since council meetings have been jammed with crowds of angry protesters.

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The city has released video from two weeks ago, before a City Council meeting. A man went through a security checkpoint with a grocery bag. The city told us he had what appeared to be tomatoes.

On the video, you see an officer quickly gestured, indicating the man had to take the bag out.

He then took the bag out to the hallway. Next, he returned to the security line.

We’ve learned he may have had persimmons, a fruit that looks like tomato.

Some council members wondered if a crowd planned to throw what was in that bag at city officials.

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Protesters have been showing up at meetings, speaking out about war in the Middle East.

“The vile comments. The threats against the mayor and members of City Council,” cvouncilman Michael Polensek said Friday. “In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like it. People are afraid. Employees are afraid. Jewish employees are frightened.”

We’ve learned talk has been going on for days about possible new security measures to keep the peace at the next council meeting on Monday evening.

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