Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 1

Melania Trump's speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention drew controversy. (Evan Garcia)Melania Trump's speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention drew controversy. (Evan Garcia)

Despite security concerns following a shooting in Baton Rouge on Sunday, day one of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, took place without any major incidents.

Law enforcement from outside the state pitched in to secure the city. Speakers on Monday night included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Melania Trump, who is facing allegations of plagiarism after similarities were noted between her speech and that of first lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Outside the Quicken Loans Arena, peaceful protesters from all walks of life gathered. 

Below, photos from day one of the convention. Get more coverage of the RNC from "Chicago Tonight" here.

Protester Raphael Kadaris uses a megaphone to project his message. (Evan Garcia)


Police officers stand guard outside the Quicken Loans Arena on day one of the Republican National Convention. (Evan Garcia)


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits front and center inside the convention center on Monday. (Evan Garcia)


1996 Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole sits with presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Evan Garcia)


Street performers bring a sense of levity to a somewhat tense atmosphere outside the convention center. (Evan Garcia)


A woman holds a sign concerning immigration near the press area on Monday night. The theme for the night was "Make America Safe Again," which touched on immigration and terrorism. (Evan Garcia)


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks on the first day of the RNC. (Evan Garcia)


Protesters hold a banner on Cleveland's Prospect Avenue. (Evan Garcia)


A man wearing a hat that reads "Hillary for Prison '16." Speakers on Monday included Pat Smith, the mother of diplomat Sean Smith, who was killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Evan Garcia)


A man displays a sign reading "Veterans for Trump" during an applause break. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke about issues concerning veterans on Monday night. (Evan Garcia)


Leslie Harris, 66, from Dallas and Barbara Briggs-Letson, 82, from California protest on behalf of the anti-war NGO Code Pink. (Evan Garcia)


Attendees from Texas watch retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's speech. (Evan Garcia)


"Chicago Tonight" Political Correspondent Paris Schutz reports live from the Quicken Loans Arena. (Evan Garcia)

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