Republican National Convention 2012 Protest Police State Photos

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers block a downtown street during a protest on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican's nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers block a downtown street during a protest on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican's nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Law enforcement officers block an intersection as activists march through downtown before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear cordon off the scene where a peaceful march ended during the National Republican Convention on August 27, 2012 in downtown Tampa, Florida. Commercial bus cancellations due to Tropical Storm Isaac have prevented many of the expected demonstrators from being present. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

Law enforcement officers block an intersection as activists march through downtown before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers block a downtown street during a protest on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican's nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

An activist lies in front of a police-line during a protest on the streets outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida August 27, 2012. Say goodbye to the four-day national political convention, a dinosaur that could be nearing extinction. Republicans have cut their Tampa, Florida, convention from the traditional four days to three because of a threatening storm, just as they did four years ago when a hurricane hit Louisiana. Democrats had already reduced next week's convention to three days. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A police officer orders a protester from the movement "99%ers" not write slogans on the sidewalk during a rally in downtown Tampa before the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012. Due to incoming severe weather and possible hurricane conditions expected to hit the state by Monday, the Republicans have decided to cut short their National Convention by one day. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: A man skateboards past police with a sign during a planned march on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican's nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers block a downtown street during a protest on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The demonstration was being held just before of the start of the Republican's nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear leave the scene where a peaceful march ended during the National Republican Convention on August 27, 2012 in downtown Tampa, Florida. Commercial bus cancellations due to Tropical Storm Isaac have prevented many of the expected demonstrators from being present. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

Police officers stand in a downpour as they watch demonstrators marching through the streets of Tampa, Fla., to protest the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A policeman, standing in front of dozens of others in riot gear in the background, records a protest march which was hit by a downpour outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida August 27, 2012. Say goodbye to the four-day national political convention, a dinosaur that could be nearing extinction. Republicans have cut their Tampa, Florida, convention from the traditional four days to three because of a threatening storm, just as they did four years ago when a hurricane hit Louisiana. Democrats had already reduced next week's convention to three days. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Police watch protesters march from behind a barricade during the Republican National Convention on August 27, 2012 near downtown Tampa, Florida. Commercial bus cancellations due to Tropical Storm Isaac have prevented many of the expected demonstrators from arriving in the city. The convention will hold its first session on August 28. It was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as the storm threatens to hit the Tampa area. (Photo by Edward Linsmier/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 25: Florida National Guard members guard the Tampa Police headquarters in downtown on August 25, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Tampa area residents wait for Tropical Storm Isaac as they prepare for the Repulican National Convention which will be held in Tampa during the week of August 27th. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Florida National Guard troops stand guard along barricades erected around the Tampa Police Department in Tampa, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. A heavy presence of law enforcement officers are in place to provide security for the Republican National Convention which begins Monday in Tampa. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27: Members of the National Guard patrol outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Tampa is preparing for the start of the Republican National Convention at the Forum. The RNC is scheduled to convene on Monday and will hold its first session on August 28 as Tropical Storm Isaac has caused disruptions due to its proximity to the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

27 comments for “Republican National Convention 2012 Protest Police State Photos

  1. Matt
    August 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Great Job Tampa Bay! You make us citizens confident with your presence. GOD Bless you and your families!!!!

    • August 29, 2012 at 12:50 am

      All Dressed up and …
      no one to dance with!

  2. Eric
    August 28, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    The vests marked “National Guard” are brand new and issued for this mission. As well as the police, their helmets, shin guards etc are all brand new. Another thing to notice is the soldiers dont have magazines in their weapons.

    • Mason
      August 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      You’re a fool.

  3. GrandSonsOfLiberty
    August 29, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Welcome to Nazi America, please take these pills, lay down over there and enjoy thee American dream… (Claps hands) Wake up people!!! This country was founded on the blood of patriots! People use to kill and die for what they believed in. American Revolution wasnt won with signs and chanting. FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!!

    • Jason Farrey
      September 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

      @GrandSonsOfLiberty: Shut your fuckin mouth and stop provoking your own genocide. Idiot. You sound like a dissent.

    • Jason Farrey
      September 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

      So youre gonna sit there and cry!? or actually create blood shed for yourself? Either of those, and you fuckin lose asshole. Cry like a little baby while ya get hung by your shirt by one of these guardsmen. Ya dont like America, ill BUY you a plane ticket outta here you socialist.

  4. Marcia
    August 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Yeah, that’s “our heroes” for ya. Always ready to defend the US and “our way of life” from those nasty common people who imagine that “protect and serve” actually applies to them.

    • Jerry Hirsch
      August 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Those Occupy Wall Streeters ARE the revolutionaries and you have become the loyalist.

  5. Jim
    August 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    The heroes are the people that vote for America’s future and individual prosperity and not those that stand and represent those on entitlements and big government. The heroes are the men and women, like those shown above, that preserve ALL Americans right to free speech. Those that behave like the Occupy Wallstreeters are hardly heroes.

  6. joan karvelas
    August 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    What happened to freedom of speech. The republicans must be afraid of something to be so heavily protected. Maybe they know how bad their policiess will affect the average person.

    • Jason Farrey
      September 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Trust me when I say this. A bunch of disgruntled Americans dont just “have a voice”, they have fists, feet, and ANYthing else in their backpacks and belongings. You mean to tell me that not ONE individual wants to throw thousands of illuminati bullshit questions, fists, and possibly a quarter stick at a nominee?
      You say no.. I call bullshit right now. Especially after the socialist bigoted bullshit mischief thats been created all over the world against us FURTHER by helping the left call us fuckin terrorists?
      Its the same bullshit their following as the cold war. Our enemies of war are swindling the left into this bullshit movement.
      They need to get a fuckin grip! O_o

    • Jason Farrey
      September 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

      and another thing. They’re provoking their own consequences. Their own world they like to call “American genocide” needs a medical examination. Because THAT is NEVER happening in America. Not as long as we remember what we fought so long to keep.
      This is the freeworld. It aint communism. ;)

  7. August 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    This is a great collection of pictures; helping to convey some of the true CRAZINESS which is happenin’ in Tampa this week! (I especially like the sign-holding skateboarder!) – Earlier this week, I heard on Amy Goodman’s DEMOCRACY NOW!, that one of the protest-chants on the walks within the area of the R.N.C. was:
    “TAKE – OFF YOUR RIOT GEAR,
    …I DON’T SEE NO RIOT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    (‘Nuff said!)

  8. KT
    August 30, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Really I’ve been down there every day and it doesn’t look like this. They’ve all been nice as far as I’ve seen. Yes there’s tons of security, it’s overdone. I believe in freedom of speech. And it’s also an event, so let them have their event. It’s Tampa after all, it’s not exactly a mecca of political protesters. Picture the beach, sun and surf. If you’re civil with them, they’re considerate with you. And the protesters I’ve seen, they’ve all been decent too. Tampa hospitality. I did think the police horses in their riot helmets were pretty funny as they moved through downtown, where there weren’t any riots.

  9. soldier
    September 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    you people think that we were there to scare you and attack you, your insane. did you think we wanted to stand in one spot for 12 hours and make sure you crazy people didnt try to attack people expressing thier rights. if you think nothing happened your an idiot, people were put in custody for buying ammo for the intention of using it at the rnc you people dont even realize what we kept from you, we did our job and you didnt even know shut your mouths and enjoy the next president :)

    • KM
      September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      We mostly don’t object to the soldiers and police, who are just doing their job. It’s the growing sense of militarization that’s unsettling. The soldiers are loyal to something they see as good, but we think that they are missing what is actually going on – The elites are using them for purposes of controlling the populace, not to ensure freedom of speech.

  10. zyg
    September 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Yes, that’s it !!! Who needs a high school education ?!! Become a cop or “national guard”.

  11. poorkitty
    September 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I was shocked to see the police gathered in mass at the RNC convention; images of third world country controlled by dictators comes to mind when viewing these images. When did it become necessary to employ the police and the national guard to protect nonviolent free speech. The picture of the police person telling the women not to sidewalk chalk slogans on the street is appalling. I do not understand how sidewalk chalk can be a criminal offense? I also believe using the national guard in this instance is a breach posse comitatus. The law clearly states the nation guard is to used in extreme instances of nation disaster and wide spread (not for a convention) civil turmoil. Did you see the steel barriers constructed to keep protesters out of certain areas, it feels like one is already in jail.
    This, Americans is how corporate america would rule America, with an iron fist.

  12. Thomas T. Tinker
    September 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Nowhere in history has there been any lack of citizens willing and happy to step up and take control .. Imperial Guards, Black and Tans, Political troops, SS, TSA, State Police…. All of these had a choice to make for themselves first. Is this right? Is this a moral act? What honor is there in my actions? It is nice to see our current crop has varied the color of their shirts.

  13. Jimbo
    September 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    This is the sign of a government that fears the populace. Thiese are your neighbors who will stand against you in support of a self serving malevolent government.

  14. Hys
    November 11, 2012 at 6:29 am

    A real patriot wont hold guns against citizens in their own country! A real statesman wont imagine his compassionate an enemy!

  15. conno
    April 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The world wildlife federation did say that RINOs are a protected species.

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