PHOENIX — Law enforcement in Arizona is prepping for a visit from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday, when about 10,000 people were expected to cram into Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
Trump will be making his fourth campaign visit to the Valley.
Trump rallies have been the scene of several verbal and physical fights between supporters and opponents.
In March, protesters blocked the road to a Trump rally in Fountain Hills.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office stationed deputies on rooftops and on patrol. Officers wore bulletproof vests.
Arizona highway patrol Capt. Damon Cecil said his department has received assurances from both sides that there will be peace.
“And that they’re not going to have any violence issues and we expect they will police themselves.”
Cecil said there were plenty of the groups to watch on the agency’s radar.
“That was part of the threat assessment for this event. We are vigilant and keeping tabs on them. Again we can’t arrest people for thoughts or speech. Most speech that is. We have to watch them diligently.”
Cecil says they have a sufficient number of law enforcement to deal with any problems. Guns and knives will not be allowed inside of the Coliseum. Other prohibited items include signs on wooden sticks, large bags and purses, cameras, coolers and computer bags, backpacks and fanny packs.
The doors open at noon; the event starts at 4.
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