"He's just a kid," Cutter said. "He's harmless."
One of the protests happened at International Mall, away from downtown. Police reported four buses took protesters to the mall, where they chanted and played drums in the parking lot for about an hour. They tried to hang banners on a sign at the mall but stopped when told to by police.
On Monday afternoon, about 100 more demonstrators from a small downtown tent city called "Romneyville" took part in another unpermitted marched to the intersection of Tampa Street and Kennedy Boulevard, where a line of police officers in riot gear stopped them.
The standoff, which had no outbreak of violence, lasted only 30 minutes because a squall from Isaac deluged downtown with heavy wind and rain. About 20 protesters laid down in front of the officers' feet.
Most left when the weathered worsened, but some stayed to dance in the rain.
Reporter Howard Altman contributed to this report
This story originally appeared in the Tampa Tribune.