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Facebook posts causes cops to cancel fair

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland Heights Police and city officials have canceled the Coventry Family Arts Fair. The popular summer event draws thousands of people and dozens of vendors.

"It's serious," says Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson.

A flash mob created chaos two years ago at the event. Police arrested 16 people, many for rioting and at least one person was locked up for assaulting a police officer.

This time around it's what's on the Internet that forced Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson to put the brakes on the event.

Several post on Facebook and Twitter caused plenty of concern.

"Their gonna come up make Coventry shake. This place is going to be hectic. Fights -- talks of fights," explains the chief.

Several people who attend the fair say their disappointed, but support the city's decision to cancel the event and put safety first.

"Being a mom I want my kids to be safe and want our families and neighborhoods to be safe," says Katherine Hollingsworth.

"I approve of them not having it because of the young adults. They just don't know how to act," explains Robert Smith.

Police say they don't plan on going after the people who posted the comments on the Internet.

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