Anaheim Police Chief Issues Warning Ahead of Donald Trump Rally
“Everyone has the right to participate without fear of violence or disorder, and we are prepared to take swift and decisive enforcement action should it become necessary.”
Anaheim police chief, Raul Quezada, on Wednesday morning issued a warning to those planning to protest Donald Trump's afternoon rally at the convention center that his officers will have zero tolerance for violence and other law breaking.
The stern warning comes less that 24 hours after arrests were made in New Mexico following fires being set and bottles thrown at police while the presumptive GOP presidential nominee addressed a crowd inside the Albuquerque Convention Center. Several people were injured and property damage was suffered.
“While we recognize and respect the First Amendment rights of all individuals to express their viewpoints and protest peacefully, we will not tolerate violence or disobedience of the law during the upcoming rally in Anaheim,” Quezada said in a statement. “Everyone has the right to participate without fear of violence or disorder, and we are prepared to take swift and decisive enforcement action should it become necessary.”
Anaheim police also issued a "reminder" for those planning to show up to the area, which included a warning that protesters are "prohibited from blocking sidewalks, interfering with vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and directly advocating violence or imminent lawless activity."
If the situation gets out of hand with protesters, an unlawful assembly can be declared and arrests made.