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Bricks And Pipes Found Near RNC Convention

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Tampa police find ‘suspicious’ bricks, pipes on rooftop just days before Republican convention

by TAMARA LUSH | August 21, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa police said Tuesday that they confiscated pipes, bricks and other "suspicious" items from the rooftop of a downtown building located about a mile from where next week’s Republican National Convention will be held.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said she believes the items were put there by protesters for use during RNC demonstrations. She added that some RNC-related graffiti was also found at the building, but wouldn’t elaborate.

"It is disconcerting but it’s not surprising," she said. "This is normally how things proceed leading up to a large event." …

That is to say, for any large event of which the tolerant left does not approve.

Police have been preparing for the event for nearly two years. Castor said she’s studied other protests surrounding political events, most notably the RNC in St. Paul in 2008, where authorities were taken by surprise by an active minority of demonstrators who smashed cars, punctured tires and threw bottles in a confrontation with pepper-spray-wielding police. Hundreds were arrested over a few days, including dozens of journalists…

The journalists were probably some of the ringleaders.

But you remember all the press attention this violence got, don’t you? We don’t either.

Within the past two weeks, downtown Tampa has changed from a slightly sleepy urban core to a patchwork of barricades, gates and even boarded-up windows. Many federal, state and local buildings are surrounded by barricades because Castor said that some protesters — especially anarchists — are known to target government property…

The government workers will just get the week off. But how much money are the local businesses losing? And, why? Because Tampa is afraid to stand up to professional agitators? Because they are afraid of being sued by the ACLU?

The city said it has tried to accommodate protesters by creating protest zones and parade routes for those wishing to express their opinions, and officials have met with protesters and held meetings with the American Civil Liberties Union over the past several months…

Needless to say, the ACLU are the main culprits here. They have been actively developing manuals for these vandals for years. Manuals which tell the vandals how to outsmart the police and intimidate the local authorities. And how to sue the cities if their right to create mayhem is infringed.

And in Tampa, the authorities are even helping them to spread the word. From the Tampa Bay Times:

Tampa police, ACLU team up on tips for RNC protesters

By Richard Danielson | Sunday, August 19, 2012

TAMPA — Check out this bit of advice that will be handed to protesters during the Republican National Convention: "If detained, ask what crime you are suspected of. You may remind officers that taking photos is a right and does not constitute suspicion." No surprise, the tip comes from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

Perhaps less predictable is who printed it: the Tampa Police Department. Police included five such tips on a guide they plan to hand out to RNC demonstrators.

Nothing like helping the lawbreakers break the law.

The guide has maps of the official parade route, the designated protest areas, and places to use the restroom, cool off, get water and seek first aid.

The guide lists banned items, gives advice on avoiding heat-related illnesses, and provides phone numbers for the RNC call center, the Hillsborough County jail and the ACLU’s hotline.

Yes, the vandals must have a direct line to free legal aid. Otherwise, they might not be as daring.

With input from the ACLU, it also includes "tips to stay safe." They include:

• "Always obey an officer’s lawful orders. You may refuse to answer questions, but you must identify yourself."

• "Always remain polite. Never resist."

• "Ask, ‘Am I free to go?’ "

Tampa officials say the guide is part of an effort to reach out to groups ranging from downtown businesses to out-of-town protesters…

The downtown businesses who are the ones who will suffer most of the vandalism.

Still, we wonder if pipes, bricks and other "suspicious" items are listed among the banned items. Or are they accepted means for these high-minded activists to express themselves?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Bricks And Pipes Found Near RNC Convention”

  1. canary says:

    So that’s explains Obama in Florida on unofficial business days before the RNC Convention eating at a Cuban restaurant

    Obama showed bricks & pipes to the Cuban’s and they said “si” “si” “si” “si”.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    No big deal; just show up before 10:30 & you’ll be fine. 99%’rs don’t get up till 11:00.

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”Tampa police, ACLU team up on tips for RNC protesters…..”


    …..”Tampa officials say the guide is part of an effort to reach out to groups ranging from downtown businesses to out-of-town protesters…..”

    Did I miss the part where told the downtown businesses how to arm themselves, and what they could and could not do to protect themselves from the mindless hordes of idiots?

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups!

  4. Astravogel says:

    Once upon a time in New York City,
    brickbats were known as Irish confetti.

  5. River0 says:

    The Chicago violence of 1968 during the Democratic National Convention got Richard Nixon elected to two terms. The stain was not wiped away until Carter came along.

    Leftist violence this time around will be the best wake-up call for our fellow citizens. The true nature of Obamism will be exposed for the whole world to see. The Demonicrats will be forced to embrace it as justified, or repudiate it, which will alienate their base.

  6. Anonymoose says:

    Republican convention: Anarchist protestors who are seen as liberal freedom fighters. Full coverage on protests , but none on protestor violence except for any heavy handed arrests and “frightening ” talk about the military/police/SWAT security presence.

    Democrat convention: Anarchist protestors who are seen as right wing tea party nutjobs. No coverage on protests, only on protestor violence if it can be spun a good way. Nothing on the security presence unless it’s about preserving “safety.”

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