Richmond PD details security plans ahead of Trump rally

Richmond PD details security plans ahead of Trump rally

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With registration now open for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's planned visit to Richmond on Friday, Richmond Police and Chief Alfred Durham say they're prepared to manage security in and around the event.

Thursday, Durham hosted a press conference where he detailed the department's plans for security at Trump's event at the Richmond Coliseum, which begins at 8 p.m.

"We don't want to be a story, and if you look at San Jose, San Diego, and Albuquerque, those are the highlights we don't want," Durham said. "We refuse to let those people come and tear our city up."

The department said doors at the Richmond Coliseum's Seventh Street entrance will open at 5 p.m. on Friday with the U.S. Secret Service scanning all attendees with magnetometers at the door.

East Leigh Street will be closed to cars and pedestrians beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday. Parking will be prohibited from this area during that time. Police recommend using Jackson, Marshall and Broad streets are recommended as alternate routes.

Additionally, North Seventh and Eighth streets will be closed from Marshall to Leigh streets at 6 p.m. To navigate the area, police say to use Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth streets as alternates.

Durham added that all parking decks in the area will be open to attendees, but due to the high turnout expected at Friday's rally, police suggest parking in a lot or deck several blocks away and walking to the Coliseum.

Police said that "signs-with-sticks, banners, bags, backpacks, food, drinks, and anything that can be constructed as a weapon," will not be allowed inside the Coliseum during the event.

"It's the unknown that we're fearful of," Durham said. "I believe that we're a professional police department and we will extend every courtesy. But if you break the law, you will be arrested."

GRTC transit officials said that bus service will be affected by Friday's rally, with a slew of detours and route adjustments due to several road closures in and around the Coliseum.

Trump was last in Richmond in October when he held a rally at Richmond International Raceway.

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