How police on bikes intercepted anarchists - FOX 13 News

How police on bikes intercepted anarchists

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

As Monday's RNC march wrapped up, deputies say about 50 to 60 members of the Black Bloc, an anarchist group, were looking to stir things up.

From a camera perched on a high-rise building in Tampa, the view showed protesters on the corner of Whiting and Morgan Street running to the north.

Captain Kyle Cockream with the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is in charge of the bike unit for the RNC. He says his team has received word that troublemakers were on their way to a secure lot where federal agents, including the Secret Service, had their vehicles.

But before the Black Blockers could get in, deputies and officers created what they call a bike wall.

"They were there to meet the protesters. By the time the protesters got there on foot, they were out of breath. The bike cops had their fence formed, they were off their bikes had their arms folded and were waiting," Cockream said.

In fact, Cockream says the police training, the massive law enforcement presence and a storm named Isaac helped keep Black Blockers far away from Tampa.

Seventeen bus loads of them never showed up, the sheriff's office says.

"They were canceled. Whether because the transportation company didn't want to risk their assets coming down here, or they didn't have the infrastructure to pay for a hotel, " said Cockream.

From the beginning of the RNC, 200 bicycle-trained officers have been on the move, day and night.  Clocking all those miles can mean a breakdown or two on the road, which is why they have a bike repair team from California on standby.

A quick fix and off they go to the next march, rally or whatever trouble may be brewing.

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