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Sheriff's Office: Be Cautious of RNC Squatters

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is preparing for the Republican National Convention in two weeks.

With 9 days to go until the Republican National Convention begins in downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is encouraging residents to be aware of protestors who may break the law to find a place to stay.

Residents should be aware of anyone who attempts to squat in vacant homes or businesses, said Larry McKinnon, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

While the majority of RNC-related activity will be held downtown, McKinnon said squatters may travel into Hillsborough County.

"I think they'll be focused on getting as close to the venue as possible," he said.
I don't think they'll want to walk a long way. But, I've also heard they've tried to go out and rent campgrounds. It's anybody's guess where they could be."

Also, McKinnon said, residents should be aware of "anarchist graffiti" that could pop up.

"It will say 'Occupy,' or Armageddon-type messages, or 'Big Business is Corrupt,'" McKinnon said. "Some say, 'Down with the Government.'"

Do you think RNC squatters will head to Westchase? Tell us in the comments.

Anyone who observes this type of suspicious activity is asked to contact the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

Krystal August 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Stop making protesters out to be scary people. It's that kind of propaganda that gets people hurt. And none of those messages qualify as "anarchist graffiti" so move on to your next empty threat. If anyone is making this event unsafe, it's you all running your mouths with these stupid stereotypes.
sharon poole August 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I agree with Krystal. Protestors are not all evil criminals. Many of them are scared to death of what is happening to this country and they are using their first amendment rights to speak out about it.
Gary Lee August 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I also agree with Krystal. This is a political event, and political protest is a fundamental part of our national conscience, where we came from. Tampa has an opportunity to show that they can keep their cool and have this all go calmly and peacefully, protestors included. If someone gets out of hand, the police should deal with it, but the majority of the protestors are just normal, everyday people who want to express an opinion and not cause or have any trouble.

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