Fla. lawmakers warned about possible protests

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 5:38 PM
Fla. lawmakers warned about possible protests

Florida is bringing in thousands more police officers as added security during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Roughly 4,200 law-enforcement officers from throughout Florida will be on duty and the state also will have 1,700 National Guard on hand the week of Aug. 27.

Charlotte, N.C., is adding a similar number of police for the Democratic National Convention the week of Sept. 3.

Jim Madden is the assistant commissioner for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He told state legislators Tuesday that the state wants to avoid the clashes that occurred at the 2008 GOP convention in Minneapolis. Madden stressed that the state is not worried about peaceful protests, but he told legislators that there is a fear that radical groups and anarchists will target the event.