(New York) New York has lost none of its legendary effervescence: its police have been put on “alert” before the court appearance on Tuesday of former US President Donald Trump, who is to be served with his criminal indictment in a case of money paid to a porn star.
The powerful and bloated NYPD municipal police (36,000 police officers and 19,000 civilians) on Friday ordered all its agents and officers to deploy in uniform on public roads on Friday, and for a week, according to police sources quoted by NBC television. .
Asked by AFP, an NYPD spokesperson replied in an email that “officers have been placed on alert and the service remains ready to respond, if necessary, and will ensure everyone has the opportunity to exercise their peaceful manner”.
But “there are currently no credible threats to New York City,” said the police spokesperson for a city with a history of violent outbursts.
In Manhattan, the pro or anti Trump demonstrators number in the dozens, barely.
A handful of hostiles set up shop in front of Trump Tower on legendary 5th Avenue and unfurled an “Arrest Trump” banner.
While another individual walked around with two signs: “Lock him up and… Throw away the key.”
A third man also recalled that “no one is above the law”.
A little later, in this bustling neighborhood in the heart of Manhattan, a lookalike of former Republican President Neil Greenfield was having fun doing traffic having his photo taken with one or two supporters of Donald Trump holding up a banner to the presidential election of 2024.
A time shaken by his historic indictment announced Thursday evening, the ex-president intends to “fight” without restraint to have the proceedings taken by Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg canceled, according to his lawyer Joseph Tacopina.
Donald Trump, who lives in Florida, will appear in a Manhattan court on Tuesday to be formally served with the charges against him relating to the late 2016 payment, and later repayment, of US$130,000 to a pornographic actress, Stormy Daniels, to buy her silence.
On Tuesday, Trump supporters, including Republican lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene, planned to demonstrate outside the court while he appeared.
A large police force has already been deployed to avoid any overflow.
Susan, who flatly refuses to be named, says she is “ashamed of justice in America.” Met in court, she says what Mr. Trump did was a “minor offense, not a crime.” It’s ridiculous “.
In front of the courthouse, placed under tight security for ten days by agents of the NYPD and the judicial police, Mary Fish, 50, is sorry for the “path that America has taken”, which is “not a path leading to peace or unity”.
But this woman, who did not reveal her profession, accuses Donald Trump, who upset the political system and the balance of power in the United States, of having “started the divisions” of his country.
And for Pilar Banos, a 72-year-old Spanish tourist visiting Manhattan, having a former US president face criminal charges creates a “strange” vibe in the city.