Wed Aug 22, 2012, 04:18 PM
Tampa Authorities Empty Jail In Anticipation Of Mass Arrests At GOP Convention
Source: Think Progress
To prepare, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has ordered the Orient Road Jail, a 1,700 bed prison in Tampa, emptied, relocating some inmates to another nearby prison and releasing others on bond. The entire facility has been transformed into a one-stop booking, detention, and bond-issuance center capable of handling large numbers of arrests, which begs the question: will Tampa police keep demonstrators on a short leash?
Sheriff Gee says no, but also indicated in a letter posted on a county website that his department would have very little tolerance for anything more than chanting and holding up signs:To the agitators and anarchists who want only to bring a dark cloud to this event, let me be clear: criminal activity and civil disturbances will not be tolerated and enforcement actions will be swift.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/20...op-convention/
I have to say, this makes me a little nervous given the police brutality exhibited at peaceful demonstrations as of late (OWS). I hope the protesters stay safe.
And then this from Das Nadin...
What????Response to demmiblue (Original post)
Wed Aug 22, 2012, 04:42 PM
nadinbrzezinski (108,068 posts)
8. What happens if you get ready for civil disobedience
And nobody shows up? For the record, this is what I would do. Show the sherriffs for what he is.