“‘Welcome to Tampa Bay Republican National Convention,’ where the cops will arrest you for wearing a bandana, ram their bikes into you while you’re taking pictures, and block off an entire intersection in riot gear with shields and less than lethal weapons.
“These officers were responding to a short, peaceful, unpermitted march through the streets of Tampa today. They allowed us to finish the march, but once it was time to march back to the Romneyville, tons of riot cops were brought in. There was absolutely no reason for this sort of response.
“The last photo is of an arrest earlier in the day. The protestor was arrested simply for wearing a bandana (it’s illegal during the RNC), and multiple cops rammed into me with their bikes while I was taking pictures.”
Report and photos by Jenna Pope