The NYPD is preparing for potential unrest following the indictment of former President Donald Trump by a grand jury on Thursday afternoon. The exact charges are unknown, but the case is focused on an alleged hush money payment during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. While it was relatively quiet outside Trump Tower, the department is facing an unparalleled security task in the days ahead.
The NYPD has been working closely with federal law enforcement, court officials, and Secret Service to plan for both the former president’s arraignment and any potential protests. The department has a dedicated security plan in place, and all 35,000 officers, including plain clothes cops, have been ordered to dress in full uniform on Friday and be ready to mobilize.
The department has increased its presence outside Trump Tower in Midtown and the courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Sources say we can expect to see a security level similar to Times Square on New Year’s Eve, with pedestrian pens and street closures to prevent mass protests. The NYPD remains ready and available to respond to protests and counter protests and will ensure everyone is able to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. The department will not tolerate violence or property damage.
Mayor Eric Adams is in constant contact with Commissioner Sewell about all public safety issues affecting the city. The NYPD continues to monitor all activity, and there are no credible threats to the city at this time. If anyone sees anything suspicious, they are urged to call 911 or 1-888-NYC-SAFE.