Tampa Authorities Empty Jail In Anticipation Of Mass Arrests At GOP Convention

To prepare for the Republican National Convention taking place in Tampa, Florida next week, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has emptied the 1,700 bed Orient Road Jail. Some inmates have been relocated to another nearby prison while others have been released on bond. The facility has been turned into a one-stop booking, detention, and bond-issuance center capable of handling large numbers of arrests in anticipation of all the Americans who will be out exercising their constitutional right to voice their displeasure with their government.

Sheriff Gee stated 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.

Four years ago, police in Minneapolis were sued for their treatment of protesters and reporters covering the RNC, and settled an excessive force lawsuit. In 2004, the NYPD were found to have been surveilling protest groups leading up to the RNC, even embedding undercover officers within several larger groups.



  1. A method of removing non-Republicans in Florida from the voters list? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony_disenfranchisement

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