Minneapolis police chief sets ground rules ahead of Trump rally

There is expected to be a heavy police presence around Target Center.
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Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo has set out some initial plans for the expected security around Target Center at Thursday's rally for President Donald Trump.

The chief says his department's primary aim will be to "ensure the public safety of ALL who will participate in practicing their first amendment rights which include Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and Peaceable Assembly."

There are expected to be multiple police departments and sheriff's offices involved in the operation, as thousands of Trump supporters arrive at Target Center, where there is expected to be large numbers of protesters nearby.

Arradondo says that vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the arena will be "significantly reduced" and there will be a "robust" police presence in the area.

"As peace officers everyone’s safety and security is of our utmost importance. The Minneapolis Police Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights," he said.

"As such, I must emphasize that criminal conduct by anyone, including property damage, will not be tolerated. Those individuals choosing to engage in such illegal behavior will be arrested and we will work with our criminal justice agencies to ensure they are properly charged to the full extent of the law."

He's also advised anyone attending the event or the protests to not bring the following: "

- Back Packs
- Strollers
- Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields, or fireworks
- Popup tents or canopies
- Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages, or alcoholic beverages
- Wagons or pull carts
- Coolers
- Drones
- Pets (excluding certified service animals)
- Grills, propane tanks, or open flames
- Bicycles
- Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)
- Any athletic equipment or other item that could be used as a weapon

Multiple organizations are involved in the organization of a "Dump Trump" counter protest outside Target Center, including the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Women's March Minnesota, the Anti-War Committee, and the Council of American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota.

So far, 3,400 people have responded to a Facebook event saying they will attend the protest, with 15,000 more "interested" in attending.

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