ABC Action News
Aug 13, 2011
TAMPA – Whether it’s the Republicans or the Democrats, conventions are almost always a flashpoint for police and protestors. At the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in 2008, some 800 protestors, reporters and bystanders were arrested.
Our local law enforcement is hoping for much less conflict when the GOP comes to Tampa next summer. Toward that end, Tampa police will be employing a ring of surveillance cameras to be installed around downtown and the convention center.
“There are going to be a lot of people in downtown and we don’t have enough police officers to keep eyes everywhere, so we think the cameras will assist us in keeping people safe by giving us more eyes to view what’s going on,” said assistant Tampa Police Chief, Mark Hamlin.
This article was posted: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 4:48 am