The key people behind the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia traveled to Washington Tuesday to take questions from the national press.
Mayor Jim Kenney and others were peppered with questions about everything from rumors that the city had purchased an armored vehicle for the convention to how it will deal with protesters and even potential hurricanes.
Kenney said the city welcomes peaceful protests.
“We’re prepared, we have a specific site for protests right across the street from the Wells Fargo Center,” he said. “The delegates will see those folks. It has a lot to do with the Secret Service and what they decide to do at the site because that’s where the dignitaries they have to protect will be.”
Kenney, who praised the Philadelphia Police Department’s Civil Affairs Unit for its ability to keep protests peaceful, said the department’s bicycle officers will do their best to assist and keep everyone where they have to be during the three-day event at the end of July.