Florida lawmakers get briefed on security issues for 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa
With the 2012 Republican National Convention less then a year from its descent on Tampa, state lawmakers on Tuesday got a rundown from law enforcement agencies on security issues surrounding the event.
"The major concern we will face is the issue of civil disobedience," Jim Madden, assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the Senate Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee in Tallahassee.
Madden said he and the rest of the security team want to avoid a repeat of the 2008 GOP convention in St. Paul, where protestors caused millions of dollars in damage to private and public property and more than 800 people were arrested.
"It was a very serious and severe event," he said. "They pretty much lost control of the city."
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