NYPD ramps up security in NYC amid historic Trump trial, tensions in Middle East

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Police presence heightened, street closures as Trump trial begins
Lauren Glassberg has more on the increased police and security presence in Lower Manhattan as Donald Trump's criminal case begins.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The NYPD has ramped up security as Former President Donald Trump spends this week in a Lower Manhattan courthouse for his hush money trial.

The former president left his home Monday morning to head downtown for the first day of his historic trial where he was met with a bit of a spectacle outside the courthouse.

There were rallies both in support of Trump and against him.

Barricades are lining Fifth Avenue near Trump's home in Manhattan and 56th Street is closed between Fifth and Madison avenues.

Periodic road closures will go into effect as the former president travels from his home to the courthouse during the trial.

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There was a heavy police presence outside the courthouse on Monday as barricades blocked pedestrians and traffic throughout the stretch of Manhattan that allowed for Trump and his security team to make the quick trip downtown.

Authorities say that though security will be heavier throughout New York City, there are currently no credible threats.

Officials anticipate protests will begin as the trial gets underway. The Secret Service is working with the NYPD and court officers to security on the streets and public areas, as well as inside the courtroom.

Heightened security is top of mind for the NYPD ahead of Trump's historic trial and also due to recent tensions in the Middle East. Police will be visible at New York City synagogues and around protests related to Iran's attack on Israel.

There was a planned pro-Palestinian rally set for Monday that resulted in tense confrontations and emotions running high on both sides.

Given the intensity of Trump's trial, the NYPD says there will also be an increase in monitoring of intelligence and social media for any threats.


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