The Big Apple is ready to batten down the hatches and mobilize 700 riot cops ahead of former President Donald Trump’s anticipated arrest early this week.
State, city and federal law enforcement agencies have been meeting in recent weeks to discuss how to deal with expected widespread protests following Trump’s arrest, as his supporters have already started descending on Trump Tower.
The New York Police Department is even considering stationing hundreds of riot cops, the Daily Beast reports, fearing that Trump’s arrest may cause both MAGA conservatives and anti-Trump protesters to face off outside Manhattan Criminal Court as he is arraigned.
Trump may face criminal charges for payments he allegedly made through his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
The $130,000 payments, made towards the end of his 2016 campaign, violated campaign finance laws, prosecutors say.
The payments were meant to keep Daniels from revealing an alleged affair she had with the former president.
The Daily Beast reports that representatives from the New York Police Department say they are monitoring social media closely to assess the situation, and they are cooperating with federal authorities and other police departments.
The force may deploy its Strategic Response Group of 700 members who are trained in disaster control, and, if necessary, the situation could be escalated by deploying a Level 4 alert. That would allow eight police officers and one sergeant on be on standby at every precinct in New York City.
Meanwhile, Trump’s MAGA supporters are arriving at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. According to the Mail, their presence is ”a brazen attempt to prevent [Trump’s] arrest.”
MAGA supporters call for Governor DeSantis to deploy National Guard to protect ex-president at Mar-a-Lago from possible arrest and plan a ‘Patriot Moat’ at Florida mansion – as GOP chiefs accuse Manhattan DA of ‘abusing his power’
Trump supporters are pushing for a ‘MAGA… https://t.co/yJDjZFdoSm pic.twitter.com/pWyTKkQ9P0
— SANTINO (@MichaelSCollura) March 19, 2023
Some MAGA supporters demand DeSantis defy any Trump arrest with National Guard, pushing for a ‘MAGA moat’ around Mar-a-Lago to prevent Trump from being arrested, and demand Florida Governor Ron DeSantis defy NYC authorities & refuse to extradite Trump. https://t.co/DMp3lSn3aq
— CJ4America (@GrammyC4Zone) March 19, 2023
While Trumpers plot online to prevent the ex-president from being arrested, law enforcement agencies are meeting to make sure potential protests don’t get out of hand. https://t.co/eB7LdHDTcA
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 19, 2023
NYPD Readies “Disorder Control” Force For Protests – https://t.co/YHMw0n64Zl pic.twitter.com/p41KVgRRPn
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) March 19, 2023
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