Dallas police preparing for what could be large protests at Donald Trump’s rally at Gilley’s tonight deployed about 500 officers to Fair Park on Wednesday where they practiced crowd and riot control, according to WFAA.com.
“We are in the election year. And so you can look across the nation and see the other jurisdictions have had incidents,” Deputy Police Chief Jeff Cotner told WFAA. “So it was an opportunity for us to prepare as we move into the election year and recertify alot of our officers.”
Police holding shields and batons practiced crowd control and trained with gas masks, riot gear and pepperball guns. Other officers on horseback negotiated through smoke bombs simulating tear gas.
Hundreds of officers have been brought in from patrol and other divisions to bolster the force at Gilley’s, across the street from Dallas police headquarters. Organizers say as many as 10,000 could turn out. Story at WFAA.com.