NYPD May or May Not be Prepared for Possible Violent Protests on Election Day
By Yehudit Garmaise
Especially after eggs and rocks were thrown, pepper spray was sprayed, unkind words were screamed, and some punches were thrown at the 1,000 supporters of President Trump, who participated in the Jews for Trump drive and rally on Sunday, many Trump supporters are wondering, if the president is re-elected, whether they will be safe on Election Day, Tues. Nov. 3.
This morning, just after NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea named Junita Holmes as the NYPD’s first woman to serve as the chief of patrol, one of the first questions she was asked by a reporter was whether the police have any strategies for dealing with any possible unrest after next week’s presidential election.
“Next week is going to be a challenging time,” said Holmes, who has served in the police force for 30 years. “We are making no qualms about it.”
Although Holmes offered few specifics, she mentioned that although police officers have received some extra training to deal with angry protests and demonstrations, the NYPD probably will repeat what it has done to deal with protests in the past.
“We can always get better,” Holmes said. “I can honestly say that we are prepared should there be a necessary response.”
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