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Fear of violence has some Republican National Convention delegates taking precautions with their safety, turning to an app that would record and livestream video in case of emergency.
Using a Facebook post, Maine delegate Ashley Ryan posted two apps for delegates to consider downloading during their time at the convention, which starts Monday. One of them was the emergency app Parachute that livestreams and records video from a black screen, which allows video to be shot discreetly.
Some delegates said the post was helpful. "It's in case something goes badly. I'm downloading it for emergency," said one delegate who wished not to be identified. "It's just a precaution.
In June, citing increased risk associated with the convention, Cleveland's Board of Control voted to increase its "protest" insurance policy by five times the original amount purchased.
The board approved a $9.5 million purchase of a $50 million "protest" insurance policy from AON Risk Services Northeast to protect the city from any claims during the four-day convention. The city in March originally approved a $10 million insurance policy with $1.5 million in fees.