Re: The GOP Tampa Bay Convention

Boy Scouts always prepare:

Thousands of Republicans from around the country will descend upon Tampa, Florida next week for the Republican National Convention, and if recent history is any guide, so too will hundreds of protesters.

To prepare, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has ordered the Orient Road Jail, a 1,700 bed prison in Tampa, emptied, relocating some inmates to another nearby prison and releasing others on bond. The entire facility has been transformed into a one-stop booking, detention, and bond-issuance center capable of handling large numbers of arrests, which begs the question: will Tampa police keep demonstrators on a short leash?

The upshot: Sheriff Gee intends to jail protesters for exercising some of their First Amendment Rights. To make this political repression efficient and effective, Sheriff Gee released some prisoners who committed crimes against property, persons and propriety! Is Sheriff Gee’s action bizarre? Yes, a rational mind would consider it bizarre to release prisoners in order to suppress legally protected speech and assembly. Is Sheriff Gee’s action surprising? No, not at all!

Let us recall how St. Paul Minnesota greeted protesters during the 2008 GOP Convention:

Police violence is now endemic, and is a recurring problem during political conventions. And it is not limited to Republican Conventions:

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