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Posted on 08/26/2012 4:37:06 AM PDT by Libloather
St. Petersburg sees first RNC-related arrests after men found on downtown rooftop with weapons
By Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
In Print: Sunday, August 26, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG Two suspected protesters were arrested after they were found playing with a BB gun atop a downtown parking garage, authorities said.
They also found several items indicating the people were protesters, including antigovernment T-shirts and a backpack stuffed with a large machete, a pocketknife, tin snips and a pry tool, Puetz said.
The backpack belonged to Trevor Swanson, 19, of St. Petersburg, who is prohibited from having weapons because of a domestic violence injunction.
Police said the other man on the roof, Kyle Shaw, 21, had a BB gun in his waistband.
Authorities also found bandanas, black gloves and a putty that Swanson admitted was for securing a mask, police said.
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I get the feeling both conventions this year will make the 1968 dem convention look like a picnic. Expecting the worst.
masks, machete, knife....
Lord, please protect convention attendees, area residents and the police from those intending to commit violence there :-(
BB gun....sheesh. Maybe going to do a bit of damage to a sign or two but a BB gun? lol. We used those big time when I was a kid. People are too sensitive now a days. These guys should not be arrested for using a 2nd Amendment right. What a disaster America is becoming.
I'd be looking around for the empty bottles ~
Thanks for your thoughts. I am going Tuesday Night to hear Mrs. Romney and Chris Christie. I have been a little reluctant to actually go, but have faith that the police and security will be top notch.
In Florida, a machete in an urban area is a great way to become a martyr...
Please be careful and I’ll be praying for your safety...
Next spit balls will be “weapons” ‘c’mon.
A BB gun paired with a machete, pry bar, tin snips, AND they’re on the roof of a parking garage near Tropicana field where the RNC kick-off/welcome party starts tonight.
Law-abiding gun owners and concealed carriers are not going anywhere near these events, and the police know it. My cousin’s husband is a Tampa cop and has told everyone in our family that if they don’t have business in Tampa this week, stay far away from it.
I’ll be heeding that advice.
630,000 references (some duds but you get the idea of what to do).
Association my friend is part of the law in this state when it involves the commission of breaking the law. The reality is the police most likely saved their worthless lives by running across them first. A competent CCW holder would not have been so “understanding” if that BB gun was to be brandished.
Shaw, listed as a transient from Largo, was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Swanson was arrested on charges of possessing burglary tools, violating an injunction and being a delinquent felon in possession of a weapon.
... am very glad they caught these men before the events started.
now be calm
Send me your ticket
I’ll just take the big risk.
WOW, my dear FRiend, this is proof positive that the Soros money is drying up, and Obama has a financial dilemma that is worse than we thought..
BB gun, replacing an AK47’s, and wire cutters, bottles, pocket knives, machetes, instead of lasers, rocket launchers, or it could be true, liberals really are wimps.. Sheeze
It’s also possible that they were already robbed by their other more aggressive comrades..
These "slugs" should be handled the same way Mayor Richard Daley handled them in Chicago in 1968. Nothing like a split open head to calm the anarchists. Screw all the PC crap.
I wonder if it was a steel BB shooting gun or a soft air plastic BB shooting gun?
Oct. 6, 2011 - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s independent, it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”
And as Nancy would further go on to say “God bless them all”.
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