The city of Miami is preparing for the court date of former US President Donald Trump with a large security presence. "We take this event very seriously. We know things could take a turn for the worst, but that's not Miami's way," Police Commissioner Manny Morales said at a news conference.
He emphasized that the security forces are ready and can ensure that the situation does not escalate. "We have experience dealing with large demonstrations, this is the city of Miami," Morales said. There are enough resources for a crowd of up to 50,000 demonstrators.
"We are prepared for a variety of different sized crowds," Mayor Francis Suarez said. During the protests after the violent killing of African American George Floyd, tens of thousands were out and about in the city and the emergency services were prepared. Floyd's death on May 25, 2020 in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis triggered demonstrations against racism and police violence in the United States. "We have the right plan of action and the right resources in the right place to ensure there are no incidents," Suarez said.
Landed in Miami
Donald Trump has now arrived in Miami. His plane landed at Miami Airport on Monday afternoon (local time), as shown on TV pictures. Trump previously left his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for Newark Airport and flew to Miami from there.
The 76-year-old's court date is Tuesday in federal court in Miami. He is accused of, among other things, a conspiracy to obstruct the investigation and the illegal storage of highly sensitive information. It is the first time a federal indictment has been filed against a former US President. Trump denies the allegations against him.