MANHATTAN, N.Y. (WABC) — According to the results of the Manhattan jury an indictment of former President Donald TrumpAll New York City police officers were deployed throughout the city on Friday in uniform, police sources told ABC News.
Barriers and bomb protection devices have been in place outside Trump Tower for a week, and on Friday all 35,000 members of the New York City Police Department were expected to show up.
It comes amid reports that Trump is expected to travel to New York on Monday, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
He is not expected to appear in court until Tuesday, sources said, on what is expected to be about two dozen charges – including felony charges. The exact charges are not known because the indictment will not be unsealed until Trump appears in court.
Trump Tower was back in the spotlight, but the only unruly behavior in Midtown Friday night were signs scrawled on the sidewalk reminding passersby of the Capitol police officer killed Jan. 6.
The New York police are preparing for any disturbances.
“They don’t have a playbook that they can pull out and say, ‘Oh, the ex-president has been indicted, we’re going to do A, B, C and D,'” said ABC News contributor Rich Frankel. “It will be something completely new.”
Frankel has spent a career in federal and state law enforcement, and even he said he has no idea how things will play out in Manhattan when the former president turns himself in for indictment, likely next week, and is likely to be released on bail.
The New York police, Secret Service, U.S. marshals and New York state court officials will meet Friday to coordinate the extradition of former President Trump next week, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
Department representatives will also tour the criminal courthouse, colloquially known as 100 Center Street.
The 15th floor is already covered. That’s where Judge Juan Mercan’s courtroom is located. He is the judge presiding over the case. Merchan also oversaw the criminal case involving Steve Bannon, and he presided over the Trump Organization trial that ended in a guilty verdict.
Then there’s the question of what life will look like around Trump Tower while he sits across the court amid the potential for mass protests and even attacks by his supporters on downtown courts.
“It’s going to be a logistical nightmare for the city because of the protests and because it’s not going to be contained, it’s going to have to be defended,” Frankel said. “I’m sure the FBI is working on any threats, they’re going to look at any intelligence that comes to the president and threatens everybody else.”
The former president himself warned on social media of potential “death and destruction” if indicted.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg already received a death threat: “Alvin, I’ll kill you!” together with a white powder which was sent to his officer and later found to be harmless.
All of this was before the grand jury voted to indict Trump.
Now the New York police must maintain order and security throughout the city. According to the mayor’s office, there are no threats.
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