Watch: Is Downtown Tampa a Police State?
"It's not a police state," says Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, adding that the officers on hand during Monday's March on the RNC were there for the protection of the protesters.
Armed National Guard troops peek from behind a labyrinth of barriers covering the city blocks around the convention site. Police officers on bikes, horses, motorcycles and foot roam the empty city streets.
Some protesters are worried.
Take a look at downtown for yourself and see what Castor and protesters have to say below.