GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police have called in officers from other agencies across the state to help with what they expect to be large crowds for a Donald Trump rally in Greensboro Tuesday.
Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott said 5,000 to 10,000 attendees are expected. At least 200 officers from other agencies will help with traffic and crowd control. Officers from Burlington, Mebane, Gibsonville, Elon and Charlotte police departments, as well as the State Highway Patrol and Alamance and Guilford County Sheriff’s Offices are among those assisting.
Chief Scott said police are aware that protestors will be present at the event, but said they are hopeful for a peaceful evening.
“At this point we have no real, what I would characterize as seriously credible threat,” he said. “I think the majority of folks want to come out and express their opinions. And we’re here to protect them.”
Mary Holst of Mebane said she plans to go to the coliseum to protest Trump’s visit.
“My hope is that the more people that speak out will show that this is wrong,” she said.
Holst said she has never participated in a protest before, but said her passionate feelings against Trump compel her to do so. She said she has every intention to protest peacefully.
“If the violence starts, I will leave,” she said. “Because I don’t represent that.”
The rally starts at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. To attend, you must register in advance. You can do that at: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/register/greensboro-nc/