Silent St. Paul

Anyone familiar with downtown St. Paul may have been surprised by how eerily quiet the area around the Xcel Energy Center appeared today, the eve of the Republican National Convenion.

Security officials used fencing and barricades to block off a large area around the arena, so major downtown streets usually bustling with traffic were void of traffic. There was a noticeable security presence in the area, with police officers, sheriff’s deputies and others patrolling the area.

Some officers patrolled on bicycles, some on horses (above) and others drove patrol cars. Many were stationary, stationed at strategic locations.