Demonstrations remained fairly quiet for the most part on Election Night, but New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is warning Americans that Tuesday may prove to be a “warm-up” to a very active Wednesday.
In an interview on “Mornings with Maria,” Kelly said that he anticipates “hundreds of protests” to erupt around the country.
“I think it was mostly peaceful last night, but this is just the warm-up,” Kelly said. “Today has been declared a national day of protest, so you’re going to have hundreds of protests throughout the country.
“The fact that we had this uncertain situation I think will only increase the periods of time that we’ll see demonstrations,” Kelly said as a number of key swing states still remain undecided.
On a fairly peaceful Election Night, a few protests and riots still broke out. In Los Angeles, about 40 people were arrested after an unlawful assembly was declared and demonstrators blocked train tracks.
In Minneapolis, a group of protestors spray-painted buildings and set off fireworks; 14 people were arrested, according to Minneapolis police.
Seattle police arrested eight people, including protestors who were leaving nails in a roadway. Protestors also continued their chants and demands to defund the Seattle Police Department.
The area surrounding the White House also saw protests, as three people were arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Hopefully the post–warm-up protests never materialize, but it sounds like law enforcement around the country is preparing for the worst.