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Tampa Police share strategies of devices and tactics they'll use with Republican convention protesters listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the Tampa Police Department gave a behind the scenes look at security plans for the Republican National Convention. The training included a crowd control demonstration using bikes, horses and smoke bombs.

The federal government gave Tampa $50 million to fund security for the convention. Most of that money will pay for thousands of police officers from 60 outside agencies. Kris Babino, a Tampa police officer, has been training many of ...

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Republican convention protesters have questions for Tampa officials during ACLU rights forum listen

08/08/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Republican National Convention begins in Tampa in less than three weeks; areas of the city designated as the Event Zone and Designated Protest Area will bear additional restrictions. The ACLU of Florida hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night at the University of Tampa to screen questions about personal freedoms during the event.

The panel discussion between city officials and citizens was the [thi...

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Anonymous video on YouTube: when Tampa RNC protests are illegal "there's no other option left but to fight" listen

07/10/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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On Monday a new YouTube account from user "Victor Robert" posted this video "Anonymous Message To Mayor Buckhorn And RNC Protesters"

The voice is computer generated. The video includes scenes of Occupy Wall Street protests and police violence. Much of the video is of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask walking outdoors near cabbage palms - the video is altered by an electronic effect.

Here are some quotes from the video:

"Mayor Bob Buckhorn has created "Clean Zones" ... a desperate ...

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Tampa City Council splurges on officers for Republican National Convention listen

06/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Thursday Tampa City Council signed off on plans to spend almost $25 million on police officers for the Republican National Convention. Most of it will be used to hire 3,000 officers from 63 outside police agencies.

Money for the extra officers will be reimbursed through a $50 million federal grant appropriated for convention security. And City Council members also approved areas where anyone can demonstrate without permits or time limits. As part of that vote, the city appropriated more ...

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In St. Pete, Mitt Romney protesters say he's not the guy for the job listen

05/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At an early morning rally in downtown St. Petersburg this morning, Mitt Romney told supporters he wants to cut government spending. More than 25 demonstrators lined the street in front of the Mirror Lake Lyceum to protest the presidential hopeful’s policies.

"I’m so disillusioned that I don’t’ even know if I’m going to vote.”

Maria Agosto spent a half an hour shouting messages from the sidewalk across the brick road in front of where the presumptive Republican presidential...

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Opponents of proposed RNC Clean Zone ordinance to Tampa: help us help you listen

04/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Organizers from the Coalition to March on the RNC expect as many as 5,000 demonstrators from all over the country on the first day of August's Republican National Convention, and don't want a proposed Tampa ordinance blocking their rights. 26 people from that group rallied in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square last night to oppose the so-called Clean Zone ordinance.

Next Thursday Tampa city council will vote on a temporary ordinance that would require groups of 50 or more protesters to obtain ...

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ACLU forum tackles fine line between public safety and constitutionality in advance of RNC in Tampa listen

04/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Plans to beef up security and regulate crowds during the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August are well underway. Local leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union want to make sure preparations don’t trample First Amendment rights. At a forum at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa last night a panel of experts answered questions about some of the city’s proposed plans in front of a crowd of 180 people.

Tampa city attorneys and Mayor [Bob Buckhorn](http://www.t...

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Tampa City Council will consider RNC "Clean Zone" - Council member Montelione answers questions

04/04/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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What are the rights of protesters during Tampa's upcoming RNC? The city is addressing some concerns with a proposed "Clean Zone" ordinance. The first hearing on the ordinance will be tomorrow (Thursday) morning and groups are planning a protest. We talked about some of their concerns. My guest was Tampa City Council member [Lisa Montelione](http://www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Cou...

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Buckhorn to RNC protesters who might be pepper-sprayed by police: "leave the area" listen

03/30/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a proposal for a temporary ordinance during the week of the Republican National Convention in August. Yesterday we played the first half of our interview with the Mayor. Buckhorn [proposes](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/occupy-tampa-lawyers-challenging-arrests-inside-parks-at-night-during-rn...

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Civil liberties advocate takes issue with some provisions of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed rules for RNC protesters listen

03/29/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Yesterday Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a proposal for a temporary ordinance during the week of the Republican National Convention in August. Buckhorn proposes what the city is calling a "Clean Zone" that covers about six square miles near downtown Tampa. Gatherings of more than 50 people will be required to apply for a permit for a demonst...

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