The Big Apple is ready to punch the holes and mobilize 700 riot police ahead of the expected arrest of former President Donald Trump early this week.
State, city and federal law enforcement agencies have met in recent weeks to discuss how to handle widespread protests after Trump’s arrest, as his supporters have already begun descending on Trump Tower.
The New York Police Department is even considering stationing hundreds of riot police, and The Daily Beast Reports, fearing that Trump’s arrest could cause both MAGA conservatives and anti-Trump protesters to confront him outside Manhattan Criminal Court during his trial.
Trump is set to face criminal charges for the $130,000 that his former attorney Michael Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels at the end of his 2016 campaign. Prosecutors say the sum violated campaign finance laws, and he was forced to silence Daniels over an affair she had with the mogul.
Many MAGA fans have now descended on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in a brazen bid to prevent his arrest.
Former President Donald Trump (pictured here Saturday) is expected to be arrested early this week on New York state charges over alleged silent money payments he made to Stormy Daniels
Former President Trump urged his supporters to ‘protest’ as he claimed he expected to be arrested early Tuesday
Two supporters of the former president are pictured here outside Trump Tower on Friday at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City
Representatives from the New York Police Department told The Daily Beast that they are closely monitoring social media, working with federal authorities and other police departments, to assess the scale of any protests.
The force may deploy its own “Strategic Response Group”, consisting of 700 members trained in “disaster control”.
If necessary, they said, they could escalate the situation by deploying a Level 4 alert — which would put eight police officers and one sergeant on standby in every precinct across New York City.
At the same time, authorities may mobilize officers providing security at the State Supreme Court building in lower Manhattan because they fear pro- and anti-Trump protesters could gather outside the Manhattan Criminal Court — leading to potential violence.
The NYPD and the FBI are also coordinating a contingency plan to deal with an increase in threats to Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg and his staff if they are targeted by some of Trump’s most radical supporters.
Secret Service agents in charge of Trump’s details in South Florida, as well as in New York, are said to be coordinating how to get Trump into the district attorney’s office through crowds of protesters and the media.
part of this discussion, CNN The reports, citing people familiar with the talks, included the need to secure an area for a possible press conference outside Trump Tower.
The New York Police Department is now preparing for violent clashes outside Trump Tower if the former president is arrested
Trump posted this photo of his supporters at the St. Patrick’s Day parade to Truth Social on Saturday
A street artist known as Crackhead Barney interacts with supporters of former President Trump at the parade
Dion Ceni displays his MAGA jersey after introducing himself as the regional leader of White Lives Matter at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A Trump supporter is seen here with Trump sneakers standing on a poster emblazoned with the face of Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential rival in 2024.
Trump said he expects to be arrested early Tuesday on state charges over Stormy Daniels’ payments, as he urged his supporters to “protest, protest, protest.”
Many have already heeded that advice, planning to create a trench around Mar-a-Lago in South Florida to prevent his arrest while others gathered outside Trump Tower in Manhattan.
In response, the Manhattan-Bragg District Attorney issued a note reassuring his office staff of their safety and claiming that law enforcement is on alert to investigate any threats.
He did not use Trump’s name, but stated that the threats were related to an “ongoing investigation by this office.”
“Please know that your safety is our top priority,” Bragg said. The note was first reported by Politico.
“We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York,” he added.
Bragg had earlier given evidence to a New York grand jury about paying Daniels $130,000 for her silence about an alleged affair.
The payment was listed as “legal expenses” that Bragg’s office says are a violation of New York law prohibiting falsifying business records.
Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, accusing his attorney Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — of extortion.
But if he is to be charged, authorities will set a date and time for Trump’s surrender, at which point he will be brought directly to trial before a judge, where he will likely be released on his own recognizance.
As with every other defendant in New York, Bragg said Trump would be fingerprinted and brought in for a photo.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (pictured in February) said his office will not be intimidated as it considers filing criminal charges against the former president
The NYPD is preparing to mobilize its ‘Strategic Response Group’, of 700 members trained in ‘disaster control’ to take on protesters
sources said previously Fox News That the Secret Service will “take the lead” in what they want and won’t allow as part of the arrest process.
“Some sources familiar with the planning have said they will touch on security preparations in and around the lower Manhattan courtroom,” Fox Corp. announcer John Roberts told viewers.
The source warned, noting, for example, that the decision to handcuff the president or the former president or not, will set the tone and accompany him to the courtroom.
Under normal protocol, the defendant would be taken to a New York City courthouse and placed in a processing room.
They are then briefly placed in a prison cell, booked, fingerprinted, photographed in order to be photographed, and handcuffed.
From there they were taken – still handcuffed – to the courtroom in full view of the media.
However, Trump is in a very unique position as the former US President means he is protected at all times by the Secret Service.
It is not yet clear if he will be accompanied to the courtroom by the court’s security staff or Secret Service agents.
If charged, Trump would become the first former US president to face a criminal trial.
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