Tight security over protest concerns

Xavier Roger


NEW YORK – Steel barriers lined streets near the courthouse, roads were closed, and traffic was diverted across a swath of Manhattan on Tuesday in preparation for the arraignment of former President Donald Trump.

Trump, twice impeached by Congress while president but never convicted, becomes the first former commander in chief to face criminal charges. The exact charges have yet to be revealed, but they stem from alleged hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had sex with Trump before the 2016 election.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said they had been preparing for the arraignment for weeks and warned protesters that violence “will never be tolerated in our city.”


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