Mostly Peaceful RNC Protester Arrested With Full-Size Machete

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Well, this fellow looks like a real charmer.

A man has been arrested for being armed with a machete while protesting near the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday.

Authorities said at around 2:15pm, officers spotted 31-year-old Jason Wilson with a machete strapped to his leg.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said deputies ordered Wilson to stop, but he kept walking along East Washington Street.

When deputies caught up to him, police say he said told them he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted.

However, weapons are prohibited in areas police have designated as ‘event zones.’

Police said Wilson, of Tallahassee, resisted arrest but was restrained and taken to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

He faces charges of carrying a prohibited item in the event zone and resisting arrest.

According to state records, Wilson was arrested last November for allegedly resisting arrest with violence and disorderly intoxication.

Protests and rallies outside the site of the Republican National Convention have been largely peaceful so far.

Here’s the weapon in question. I’m sure most of the peaceful left walks around with these. For protection, of course.


Outside of this miscreant, protesters are barely visible and predictably pathetic.

Sunday’s protests ran the gamut from unionized labor and Occupy Wall Street to a hearty band of 30 who criticized presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for putting his dog Seamus in a crate atop his station wagon on a long-ago family vacation.

“If somebody is going to treat their animal inhumanely, how are they going to treat our country?” said Kim Swygert, 37, a law student from Tampa, who came with her Great Dane.

Several carried anti-Romney signs including one that read, “Don’t roof rack me, bro.”

Ooh, clever. And Obama at a dog.


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