Police Hide Beatles from 2,500 Fans


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Police Hide Beatles from 2,500 Fans

Headline from an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, showcasing the police presence needed for the Beatles arrival in Cleveland. A full one-third of Cleveland’s police force was scheduled to be downtown as of September 12, 1964, according to the Police Chief at the time, Richard R. Wagner. The concert, according to many sources, was pandemonium from the beginning. Regardless of the number of police officers and barricades placed around the stage, the sheer numbers of fans wanting to get close to, touch, and in general crowd the band caused mass chaos.


This file appears in: Cleveland Public Hall's Rock and Roll Roots