Weather kept many protestors away, FBI says - FOX 13 News

Weather kept many protestors away, FBI says

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's now Charlotte's turn to be in the political hot seat.

On Sunday, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters showed up to march against Bank of America and other giant corporations. They're expecting anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 protesters to show up for the DNC, a much larger group than in Tampa.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says they are in constant contact with Charlotte law enforcement officials. They want a little bit of guidance as they prepare for the unexpected -- just like Chief Castor did with Minneapolis, who hosted the RNC four years ago.

"How did you handle logistics? How did you handle crowd management? And that's what we did so now there will be a playbook," said Chief Castor.

Despite the extensive police training and massive law enforcement presence, Tampa may have dodged a giant bullet last week. FOX 13 has learned 17 bus loads of anarchist groups never made it to the RNC,

"There were a number of groups that we had intelligence and information indicating they were going to come down this way, but the weather or the threat of a hurricane stopped a lot of those groups from coming," said Agent Steven Ibison of the FBI.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office bike unit has volunteered their deputies to help during the DNC, but so far Charlotte officials have said thanks but no thanks.

At Sunday's rally in Charlotte, two protesters were arrested. That's the same number of arrests in Tampa for the entire RNC week.

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