Before dawn a dozen police respond to make sure Occupy Tampa isn't sleeping on sidewalk during the day listen10/19/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Wednesday morning at least eleven Tampa Police cars responded before dawn to the Occupy Tampa encampment near Curtis Hixon Park. But there was no emergency. Police on the scene wouldnâ€™t talk on tape, but protesters said the dozen or so police were there to make sure demonstrators were not asleep on the sidewalk after 6 a.m.
Last week Police gave protesters a memo implying they wonâ€™t be allowed to camp on the sidewalk for much longer, so Thursday Occupy Tampa will ask the Democratic-leaning City Council for a park where they can stay. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Council member Mary Mulhern will speak with Occupy Tampa at their encampment near Curtis Hixon Park.
This week the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution supporting the right of protesters within the city. They appear concerned about demonstrations during next yearâ€™s Republican National Convention as well as Occupy Tampa. Even though members run without party affiliation, Mulhern has been associated with the Democratic Party.
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This is Occupy Tampa protester Tim Sommers:
This is Occupy Tampa protester Nick Dubyah:
Video of some of the police cars along Ashley Drive: