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Deputies: RNC protestor arrested with machete strapped to his leg
Bay News 9 ^ | August 27, 2012 | By Josh Rojas, Reporter

Posted on 08/27/2012 7:47:21 AM PDT by jacknhoo

TAMPA -- A Republican National Convention protestor was arrested while he allegedly carried a machete strapped to his leg, according to deputies.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, Jason T. Wilson, of Tallahassee, was arrested as he walked in the RNC Event Zone carrying a "full size" machete.

When deputies approached Wilson, they said he continued to walk away despite orders to stop.

"When deputies caught up to Wilson, he advised he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted," HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon said.

When deputies attempted to physically stop him, Wilson allegedly began resisting arrest and was physically restrained.

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on charges of prohibited items in event zone and resisting arrest with violence.

Confusion over Mitt Romney puppet

One deputy told a group of protestors carrying an oversized puppet of Mitt Romney the sticks they were using to hold up the puppet's arms were against the rules.

We captured exclusive video of that exchange.

Deputy: "I got to have the sticks." Protestor: "No, sir. We actually measured them exactly within the code." Deputy: "Okay, there's one of two options. I can take the sticks or people can go to jail. I don't want to do that."

A Tampa police captain took over, measured the sticks and determined that they were legal.

On the exchange between the deputy and protestor, Chief Castor said "there was just a little bit of confusion on it. Whether we should or shouldn't allow those in here and then the Captain made the decision. The right decision."

Community organizer Kelly Benjamin agreed with Chief Castor.

"We have the utmost respect for the police. They're just doing their jobs,” said Kelly Benjamin, FL Consumer Action Network. “It was a misunderstanding. I'm glad it was resolved. The puppet was well within the code, so there should be no problems."

Other protests carried out without incident

Meanwhile, other large protests were carried out without incident.

Two hundred protestors arrived at Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa just after 12 p.m. After protesting in the park for a short time, police say the group split up, with approximately 100 protestors marching to the Bank of America building.

They entered the bank's front plaza and put stickers and were writing with chalk on the private property. Crowd management officers asked the demonstrators to leave the private property and they complied without incident.

The second group of approximately 100 protestors, marched through city streets toward the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention will take place.

Bike officers rolled alongside the unplanned march closing cross streets to keep the protesters safe from traffic.

They marched to the public viewing area where they chanted and held a brief rally before loading onto buses to head to St. Petersburg for the opening event of the RNC.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: convention; election2012; fl; florida; republican; tampa

1 posted on 08/27/2012 7:47:33 AM PDT by jacknhoo
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To: jacknhoo

loading onto buses ..........


2 posted on 08/27/2012 7:51:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: jacknhoo
I think this could possibly his facebook page...looks like him and works in Tallahassee anyhow: https://www.facebook.com/jason.wilson.900
3 posted on 08/27/2012 7:52:10 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: jacknhoo

Puppets carrying a puppet. How fitting.


4 posted on 08/27/2012 7:52:57 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: jacknhoo
“It was a misunderstanding. I'm glad it was resolved. The puppet was well within the code, so there should be no problems."

Did they check for traces of accelerant, for when they were going to light it in effigy?

You know they would have done that is it were Evil BOOOOSH!

5 posted on 08/27/2012 7:52:57 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: jacknhoo

Sounds like somebody been doin’ some community organizin’!


6 posted on 08/27/2012 7:54:46 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: jacknhoo

He was just looking for the cane fields but took a wrong turn at Belle Glade.


7 posted on 08/27/2012 7:55:25 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: jacknhoo
"When deputies caught up to Wilson, he advised he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted,"

Oh yes Mr. Wilson, sorry for the misunderstanding and inconvenience and thanks for setting us strait.

You and your machete can go now, oh and have a nice day.

8 posted on 08/27/2012 7:59:51 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: jacknhoo
Odd little paradigm in Tampa....

Knives are banned at Tampa’s GOP convention, but guns are OK.

9 posted on 08/27/2012 8:00:29 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: EGPWS

He was carrying a deadly weapon and resisted police.

He should have got the s*** beat out of him.

I see some serious LEO pussyfooting this early on. Not good.


10 posted on 08/27/2012 8:05:50 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: jacknhoo
Bike officers rolled alongside the unplanned march closing cross streets to keep the protesters safe from traffic.

How much did the protesters pay for the police escort? I know that it is not cheap to hire an officer for a funeral procession.

11 posted on 08/27/2012 8:06:06 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: jacknhoo

Can’t be. That Jason has a job.


12 posted on 08/27/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: jacknhoo

A freak with a machete... nothing to see, move on to...

Lots of OTHER protesters were peaceful. See? here’s three examples right now, and more to follow. This is a very peaceful protest, and actually is sort of admirable. Wink wink.


13 posted on 08/27/2012 8:13:35 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: jacknhoo
As long as no normal citizens get injured by these losers, I don't care what they do (and it would be nice, for once, if they'd clean up their pig sty's before they left).
IF any upright American citizen gets harmed in any way, the blame goes directly at the democrat party. These loons belong to them, and the Oboma campaign is their organizer.

American voters need to see this. Is this the kind of country they want to live in for another 4 years? Raving lunatics threatening the citizenry every time they want another free handout? If they vote for Oboma, this type of behavior is all they're going to get. This is what Oboma really meant by "change."

14 posted on 08/27/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: ComputerGuy

Read a story about a guy who got a masters degree In puppeteering and he was upset he couldn’t find a job to pay off his education bills.
Just couldn’t believe there wasn’t a larger call for his profession.


15 posted on 08/27/2012 8:23:50 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: jacknhoo
Excellent. Just what this country needs to see once again, the left in action. Democrats causing trouble. That will be popular.
16 posted on 08/27/2012 8:24:21 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: jacknhoo

No surprise. The liberal ‘anarchists’ get more extreme with each event, and that jackwagon the the white house revels in it. I read this morning there are 2 FB pages named KillMittRomney, and FB corporate is leaving them up.


17 posted on 08/27/2012 8:24:41 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


18 posted on 08/27/2012 8:37:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Boucher

He’s sleeping in a tent down in Tampa, I’ll bet.


19 posted on 08/27/2012 8:40:29 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Defiant
Obama said, “if they bring a knife we bring a gun”. He got it all backwards.
20 posted on 08/27/2012 8:45:03 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: jacknhoo
Charge 1 STATUTE: COPS1000 CHARGE: OBSTRUCTING OR OPPOSING AN OFFICER WITHOUT BOND: 500 Charge 2 STATUTE: TPOR9991 CHARGE: PROHIBITED MATERIALS IN THE EVENT ZONE WIT BOND: 250
21 posted on 08/27/2012 8:52:55 AM PDT by roostercashews (A gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: roostercashews

Forgot the link, if anyone wanted it.

http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Jason_Wilson_8331733/


22 posted on 08/27/2012 8:55:34 AM PDT by roostercashews (A gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: ComputerGuy

I’m not positive, but I thinhk those puppeteers are from Santa Cruz. When they’re not busy with local nonsense, somehow they manage to arrive whereever trouble is brewing. I’ve seen them in Seattle, DC, among other venues. Rent-a-mob.


23 posted on 08/27/2012 8:56:16 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: ComputerGuy

I’m not positive, but I thinhk those puppeteers are from Santa Cruz. When they’re not busy with local nonsense, somehow they manage to arrive whereever trouble is brewing. I’ve seen them in Seattle, DC, among other venues. Rent-a-mob.


24 posted on 08/27/2012 8:56:16 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: Red Badger
loading onto buses to head to St. Petersburg for the opening event of the RNC.

Does anyone know who is funding this? And what is their goal exactly, to disrupt
and prevent the Republicans from nominating a Republican?

After protesting in the park for a short time

Unions anybody? This reeks of unions thugs taking to the streets. Their MO is to
show up for the MSM photo-op for a short period then move to another location.

25 posted on 08/27/2012 8:58:26 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: MaxMax

Does it really matter?
The MSM ignores the background and focuses on the event. They portray them as ‘grassroots’ organizations when they damn well know who, what and how they were organized. Hell, they get faxes, e-mails and tweets in advance telling them when to show up and take pics..........


26 posted on 08/27/2012 9:09:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: jacknhoo

Eh.....the guy was probably getting ready to go harvest some choom for the Democrat convention. You have to be stoned to believe their bilge.


27 posted on 08/27/2012 9:10:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jacknhoo
According to Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials, Jason T. Wilson, of Tallahassee, was arrested as he walked in the RNC Event Zone carrying a "full size" machete.

When deputies approached Wilson, they said he continued to walk away despite orders to stop.

"When deputies caught up to Wilson, he advised he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted," HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon said.

When deputies attempted to physically stop him, Wilson allegedly began resisting arrest and was physically restrained.

Wilson was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on charges of prohibited items in event zone and resisting arrest with violence.

Mr. Wilson enjoy your stay at 'CLUB ORIENT' (The Jail is called Orient Road Jail. A few years ago, some CRIMINALS were sent saying they won a trip to 'Club Orient' and to claim their prise to visit an address (which the HCSO rented). Now it is nicknamed Club Orient.)

28 posted on 08/27/2012 9:48:20 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: Joe Boucher
Read a story about a guy who got a masters degree In puppeteering and he was upset he couldn’t find a job to pay off his education bills. Just couldn’t believe there wasn’t a larger call for his profession.

I guess 'the Mupputs Company' don't need a loser like him.

29 posted on 08/27/2012 10:03:46 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: jacknhoo

Violation of both the intent and spirit of the Constitution and its Amendments seems not a thing of any real importance when it’s the other side being violated.


30 posted on 08/27/2012 10:22:29 AM PDT by Ed Story
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To: elcid1970

“...some serious LEO pussyfooting this early on...”

Orders from DHS/DoINJ/FBI/PDs/Unions etc, over 2yrs ago. Law & Order = BAD; Anarchy & Chaos = Okay!


31 posted on 08/27/2012 10:37:25 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Nuc 1.1

And no help from the government or media, either. They already have a puppet master, currently squatting the White House.


32 posted on 08/27/2012 10:46:23 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: MaxMax

Have you read this?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/24/Brandon-Darby-on-Anarchist-Plans-for-the-RNC-Including-Taking-Down-the-City-s-EMS-System

Brandon Darby: Anarchists Plan to Take Down Emergency Medical Services at RNC

It’s on FR someplace. Details who’s behind the planning and my gosh the planning is incredible.


33 posted on 08/27/2012 11:34:39 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: DPMD
Yes they do have a puppet in the White House. I wonder who really runs him? Probably Soros. We need to broaden our attack. It's not just President O, it is the entire Democrat Party Leadership and all who support them. From the marxist street thugs to the rich genteel lawyers pushing marxism down our throats using federal courts they continue to advance their agenda and we continue to retreat. I am looking forward to see how Mitt does. I think he will be more conservative than we think. Hope so.
34 posted on 08/27/2012 4:29:01 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

We’re on the same page. I was a little disappointed at the news of all the rules committee infighting yesterday. One analysis was that the RNC establishment is trying to assert itself through rewritten rules that will dilute, if not quash, groups that are conservative and grassroots. We’ll see.


35 posted on 08/29/2012 8:29:54 AM PDT by DPMD
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