Mayor Adams is “sure” protesters will try to derail the event…
According to a New York Post report, Big Apple Mayor Eric Adams and the NYPD are preparing for pro-Palestinian protesters to interrupt the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.
“We’re sure there’s gonna be some type of attempt this year,” the mayor said at a Tuesday news conference. “Everyone looks for events like this if they want to do bad things, and the police department is on top of it.”
From The New York Post:
To prevent any sort of disruption, the NYPD is deploying thousands of officers to the area — both in uniform and in plainclothes.
Officers will also be using different technologies and strategies to monitor any potential threats.
“The variety of tools, whether robots, drones, bomb-sniffing dogs — all of those things are in play,” former deputy commissioner Richard Esposito told CBS New York.
“They’re going to be on alert for something different than what we’ve had in the past, but they are mostly concerned [about] the people who go out [to] enjoy their night, and they want to keep the protests and the freedom of speech from interfering with other people’s freedom and enjoying themselves.”
Private security firms and federal authorities will also help to keep the site secure.
More over at The New York Post:
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