Lauren Fruen, Daily Mail, October 13, 2020
Police in New York City have been told to prepare for more protests ahead of the presidential election and as Judge Amy Coney Barrett‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin, according to an internal memo.
Officers have been told to report for duty in uniform and ‘be prepared for deployment’ from October 25 with demonstrations expected to ‘grow in size, frequency, and intensity’ in the run up to November 3, the note says.
It warns police should anticipate unrest into the new year.
In the memo, obtained by The New York Post, officers are warned: ‘This November 3rd will be the one of the most highly contested presidential elections in the modern era.
‘There is also a strong likelihood that the winner of the presidential election may not be decided for several weeks.
‘Accordingly, we should anticipate and prepare for protests growing in size, frequency, and intensity leading up to the election and likely into the year 2021.’
New York City has seen increased protest and clashes with police in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Police in the city are said to have already been training for election unrest with every uniformed officer taking course on tactics as well as the psychology behind protests.
Deputy Chief Samuel Wright told CNN: ‘The whole idea behind the training is to separate those people that are there to cause chaos, as opposed to the real reason that the protests began in the first place.’
Floyd’s death — captured on video by witnesses — sparked several months of nationwide unrest in which hundreds of thousands of Americans protested against systemic racism and police brutality, while others, including President Donald Trump, expressed solidarity with police and law enforcement officers.
In September the Justice Department declared New York City, Portland and Seattle as ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ that can have federal funding ripped away for failing to clamp down on violence according to its criteria.
It listed the three cities as among those ‘that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activity.’
It called out DAs in Manhattan and Brooklyn who have ‘declined to prosecute charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly arising from the protests.’
Recent protests have demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old black EMT who was shot in her Kentucky apartment during a botched drug raid in March, and the three cops behind the raid be arrested and charged in her death.