The festivities surrounding the induction of new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame includes a parade through the streets of Canton and that parade will be a little bit different this year.
Canton Police Department Captain Jack Angelo said that there will be a heightened police presence at this year’s parade after several problems last year, including an accidental shooting of a man by a police officer. An officer fell while responding to a call about a fight involving a man with a gun and his firearm went off when he went down. Bullet fragments wound up in the leg of a man named Eric E. Street Jr.
Angelo also said that there were nearly 30 people arrested before the parade even started last year for things like disorderly conduct, rowdiness, fighting and public intoxication. This year’s stepped-up police presence is designed to make the event more enjoyable for the people who are there to enjoy the parade.
“The majority of the people out there are just there to get a seat,” Angelo said, via the Canton Repository. “It’s tradition: they go out there and they enjoy themselves. It’s the groups of people who are just out there overnight to cause problems before the parade even starts. It’s a small percentage, but they take up 90 percent of our time. They roam from one end of Cleveland Avenue to the other and they just have problems wherever they go.”
This year’s parade is on August 3 and will honor inductees Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson.