Is the LAPD prepared for the protests (or riots) that will occur in reponse to the President? They say they are.
When the LAPD prepared for Trump protests, did they review what has happened at Trump rallies or Antifa crimes at Berkeley? They say that they’re ready “for anything.” Now that Donald Trump has plans to visit the hostile territory that is California, it will be interesting to see how the police perform in their basic duties.
The Fresno Bee reports, “LAPD ‘prepared for anything’ when Trump visits Southern California.”
Since President Donald Trump took office, California has been the epicenter of the resistance, home to countless protests, marches, impromptu airport rallies and, of course, commentary of various kinds of Facebook and Twitter.
But it’s all been done at a distance, because Trump has avoided California. Until this week.
Trump will spend Tuesday and a bit of Wednesday in Southern California, visiting prototypes for the border wall he’s vowed to build in San Diego and attending a fundraiser on Los Angeles’ Westside.
What remains unclear is whether his brief visit will bring out major protests. Some anti-Trump activists said they intend some kind of action, but so far there have been no plans for a massive demonstration such as the women’s march last year or some of the immigration demonstrations that clogged the streets of downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Horace Frank, who oversees the counterterrorism and special operations bureau, said that although no permitted protests in the form of marches are planned, authorities do expect to see both opponents and supporters out in numbers during a presidential visit.
“We are prepared for anything,” he said.
At least one protest is planned in Beverly Hills area between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m Tuesday by a Facebook group, Trump Not Welcome in LA. More than 1,000 people have indicated they will attend. The Los Angeles Police Department is preparing for many more protests of various sizes on the Westside. Trump’s earlier visits to L.A. while he was a candidate did bring out demonstrators.
Some protests are also planned for the San Diego area.
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