New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell had a strong message for the public ahead of Donald Trump’s Tuesday arraignment hearing in Manhattan: “control yourselves.”
As the city gears up for the historic hearing in which the first US president will ever be formally indicted on criminal charges, Adams and Sewell held a televised security briefing to warn the public that law enforcement in the city is well prepared for the event, and will not be tolerating any acts of violence or destruction surrounding Trump’s criminal charges.
“I will remind everyone that violence and destruction are not part of legitimate, lawful expression, and it will never be tolerated in our city,” said Sewell on Monday afternoon. The commissioner shared that the city should expect increased police presence as well as some road closures for the next few days. He confirmed that there are no credible threats to the city at this time, but state, federal and local law enforcement officials have been on the lookout for any online chatter or other signs of planned violence since Thursday when news of the grand jury’s vote to indict Trump broke.
“Control yourselves,” Mayor Eric Adams demanded, anticipating some possible protests. “New York City is our home, not a playground for your misplaced anger. We are the safest large city in America because we respect the rule of law in New York City.” Adams also specifically called out Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has indicated she would be in New York on Tuesday, and instructed her and anyone else like her to “be on your best behavior.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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