Tampa, Florida -- Just how much is too much when it comes to law enforcement policing protesters at the Republican National Convention?
The police presence is heavy in the downtown Tampa area. There are cops on every corner, deputies on bicycles, helicopters flying above, water patrol, mounted units and even the National Guard armed with machine guns.
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You'll see them at every rally and demonstration, keeping the peace on both the inside and outskirts of the event.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor attributes the calm nature of the 2012 RNC to the number of officers on the streets.
"We have tried to measure our response," she says. "And, we want just enough officers there that allows for a peaceful demonstration."
Indeed, there have been few arrests and just a few minor incidents. Nothing catastrophic has taken place, which is in sharp comparison to the shocking video of multiples melees coming out of the RNC in Minneapolis in 2008.
Bay area law enforcement did not want that scene to play out here.
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However, some protesters feel as though the police presence is overbearing. They tell 10 News that there are too many police on the street.
"The police follow us everywhere. We are constantly being monitored," said Lauren Digoia, a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"We don't want violence," said Lauren. "We don't want anyone to get hurt. But, the police constantly watch us."
She traveled here from New York City and says those involved in protests feel profiled.
"I think most of us feel nervousness and fear. I think [the police] go overboard. It's a scare tactic," said Lauren.
However, Chief Castor counters, if there are not enough cops and something happens, then the city would be blamed.
"We don't want that to happen. There are people who are going to criticize regardless of what we do. We plan appropriately."
At the Planned Parenthood rally near the river on Wednesday, women and men in pink dotted the landscape, as did men and women in khaki holding guns.
"I am proud of my officers," said Chief Castor. "They are working hard to keep our city safe."
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