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August 30, 2012 - 9:34 pm
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Paul Ryan was right: it all comes down to math: A distaff member of Occupy Wall Street (or perhaps Occupy Tampa?) has learned how to count to two.

Update (Bryan): Thank you, Ed, for getting these posted so quickly.

I shot both clips with my iPhone after the conclusion of Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech. Chris Salcedo and I were walking down Ashley Street in Tampa when we encountered the large occupier/anarchist protest that was blocking the streets outside the security perimeter near the convention center. Police lined both sides of the street two or three deep in places, and were making sure that the occupiers only occupied the street and could not get up onto the sidewalks or into the buildings. Mounted police held a very stout security line where the media checkpoint had been all week. The police were diverting conventioneers around the back of the Sheraton that sits on the corner, taking us away from the protest and away from my car, which was parked in a garage down the street.

Chris and I came up onto the scene, and told the police officers that we were media and wished to cover the protest and also get to our transportation. The police obliged and we walked down the sidewalk.

It’s next to impossible to make out, but in the first clip there was a woman and man pair who spotted me and watched me as I walked by. Whether they were mugging for the camera or not I don’t know, but they both directly threatened me. The woman pointed directly at me and said, “We’re coming after you.” The man then followed suit and said the same thing. But for the fact that the police officers were between us, I have little doubt that they would have tried to start something. And all I was doing was walking by and capturing the scene on my camera in my role as media.

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