[John F. Timoney] said his force of more than 1,000 officers has received training on how to ignore verbal insults impugning their sexuality, ethnicity and parentage. Special squads have been formed to swiftly dismantle "sleeping dragons," the human chains reinforced with PVC pipe, concrete barrels and other materials that antiglobalization protesters have used in the past to paralyze the flow of traffic and people.
Timoney said he is not worried about an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 demonstrators who may engage in acts of civil disobedience, such as staging sit-down strikes to block traffic or businesses. His concern, he said, is up to 500 "hard-core anarchists" that authorities believe are coming to Miami.
To prevent anyone bent on violence from infiltrating the AFL-CIO march and using it as cover, the labor federation will deploy 1,000 of its own parade marshals, Timoney said. Plainclothes police will also circulate at rallies and demonstrations so uniformed officers will not have to break ranks to make arrests, he said.