The New York Police Department (NYPD) has instructed all officers to show up at 7 a.m. on Friday in “full uniform” after a Manhattan grand jury indicted former President Donald Trump on Thursday. The grand jury decided that there was enough evidence to charge Trump with hiding the fact that he paid Stormy Daniels hush money in 2016.
Even detectives who usually wear plain clothes are expected to wear their full uniforms as the city gets ready for trouble. Even though there were no real threats, there will be more police officers patrolling the city in all five boroughs. The department is still ready to deal with protests and counterprotests. The NYPD is working on safety rules with federal and state officials to keep the public and law enforcement officers safe.
When Trump first said that he could be arrested earlier this month, he told his supporters to protest in the streets of New York. Since then, city and police officials have been getting together to talk about security plans. The NYPD and the FBI have talked about the possibility that if Trump is charged with a crime, threats against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and his staff could increase. The security of the courthouse and the possibility of protests outside the courthouse were also talked about.
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Before, a barricade was put up around the New York courthouse, where a grand jury met for months to hear testimony about the Daniels investigation. The police said they will respect the public’s rights under the First Amendment, but they won’t stand for violence or damage to property. It added a “gentle reminder” that guns aren’t allowed in government buildings and courthouses.
Trump has been involved in a number of criminal investigations, and this indictment is the latest one. The former president has always denied doing anything wrong and said that his political opponents were trying to set him up for a witch hunt.
WATCH: NYC Brings In 700 Riot Police, Sets Up Barriers In Preparation For Protest To Trump Indictment https://t.co/bj2nKtWsuk— Frankie (@wyboston58) March 23, 2023
The indictment is about Trump’s alleged role in hiding the fact that he paid Stormy Daniels, a porn star with whom he had an affair, hush money to keep quiet. The payments were made before the 2016 presidential election to keep Daniels from telling her story to the public. Michael Cohen, who used to be Trump’s lawyer, has already been found guilty of his part in the payments.
Even though the indictment is a big step in Trump’s ongoing legal problems, it is unlikely to lead to a trial right away. The charges against the former president are likely to be fought in court, which could take months or even years to finish.
The indictment has already started a discussion about how the justice system should hold powerful people responsible for what they do. Some people have said that the indictment is a step in the right direction, while others have said that prosecutors are going after Trump for political reasons.