University of CA Irvine Professor David Meyer discusses low protestor turnout for Republican National Convention listen08/31/12 Lisa Marzilli
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It's being reported that law enforcement outnumbered protestors at this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa by as much as 4 to 1. The most anticipated "March on the RNC" on Monday was expected to draw some 5,000 people but instead drew a few hundred. Weather was definitely a factor as Florida's entire Gulf coast was under a tropical storm warning from Isaac. Others have speculated that the hype associated with the militarization of local law enforcement agencies kept many away.
Only two arrests were linked to protests; one man for carrying a machete, the other for wearing a bandanna in violation of Tampa's "Event Zone" ordinance. That's compared to several hundred in St. Paul, Minn., four years ago. One report noted that â€œIt's been so uneventful that Tampa police chief Jane Castor has canceled several news conferences on protests because of a lack of newsâ€.
To get more insight into why the turnout was so much lower than predicted I spoke with David Meyer, Professor of Sociology & Political Science at the University of California â€“ Irvine. Meyer also blogs at Politics Outdoors.