New Haven mayor, officials on high alert for potential protests

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Planned protests in communities across the country have placed local, state, and federal agencies on high-alert. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said it’s something they’re watching very closely.

“At this point, we don’t have any indication there’s going to be any protests in New Haven,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “These things can change pretty quickly, so we want to be absolutely prepared.”

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The mayor would not elaborate on what kind of measures are being taken by police, but said trouble will not be tolerated. He did tell News 8 protestors are expected to come to the Elm City

“Looks like there will be a caravan of Trump supporters in two parts of the state and one of them is in New Haven. We cannot stop anyone from protesting but we can be prepared if there is any sort of issue or illegal activity. My hope is that people in CT will in every group that exists out there, whatever their belief, not resort to violence. It’s anti-democratic and against our constitution.”

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Mayor Elicker told News 8 they’ve been working with their law enforcement partners and monitoring social media.  He said keeping Elm City residents and community members safe is always a top priority.

“It was outrageous what we saw at the Capitol and it’s totally unacceptable,” said Mayor Elicker.  “We should have every expectation that every leader in our country calls that out and underscores that we are a nation of laws that follows the Constitution. That kind of activity is not tolerated in our community.”

He also had this message to share with the community.

“This is such a challenging time for our country and I would encourage people to look at the facts, be thoughtful, and ensure that at a time there’s a lot of turmoil, we don’t undermine our national institutions,” said Mayor Elicker.

He said they’ll be monitoring the situation in the days to come.

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