Monday, February 16, 2015
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney On The 2016 Democratic National Convention In Philly
Steve Tawa at cbslocal.com in Philadelphia interviewed former Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney about the upcoming DNC in 2016 in Philadelphia.
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 a critical factor as you plan for these events. It’s an opportunity for some lone wolf or terrorist cell to exploit the publicity that a political convention brings to the table.”
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine interview with John Timoney via the below link:
And you can read my Crime Beat column on Timoney via the below link: