Former Philly Police Commissioner Shares His Thoughts On How Police Will Handle DNC

CBS Philly

By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Security was one of three main selling points, other than logistics and financing, in Philadelphia’s successful bid to land the Democratic National Convention in July of 2016.

During the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, more than 400 arrests were made, most of which happened the second night of the event, when protesters ran through city streets.

“But by and large, the demonstrations were peaceful.”

While we deal with wicked cold temperatures, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney spoke with us while putting up with a sand storm, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he is consulting these days on police training.

“Except for 1968 in Chicago, the Democratic conventions appear to draw less venomous protesters than do the Republican conventions. The RNC, which is being held in Cleveland, will have its own problems.”

Obviously, the 2000 RNC in Philly was pre-9/11.

“Terrorism becomes…

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