Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-332

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 31, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    HCSO And Law Enforcement Personnel Defuse Protesters Near TECO Plant

    Deputies keep a cool head.
    • Thursday
    • August 30, 2012
    • Time: 2:30 PM
    • TECO
    • Big Bend Power Station
    • Gibsonton, Florida

    HCSO And Law Enforcement Personnel Defuse Protesters Near TECO Plant:

    At approximately 2:30 p.m., approximately 150 protesters approached TECO Power Plant at the Big Bend Station in Gibsonton. Three protesters interlocked their arms and legs in a device (also known as the sleeping dragon) and blocked the roadway to TECO, two more protesters laid across the road blocking the roadway interlocked in the sleeping dragon device and 1 protester climbed on top of a semi trailer. Law enforcement personnel arrived for crowd management. Specially trained law enforcement personnel from HCSO and the Tampa Police Department cut the interlocking devices from the protesters. There were no injuries to any protesters involved.

    Law enforcement and the protesters came to an agreement. No arrests would be made because there were no assaults on law enforcement, no property damage and minimal disruption to traffic. The protesters were released back to the group, and all protesters left the property peacefully.
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