- New York police said it will be out in full force to "protect everyone's right to vote"
- In a statement issued on Monday, November 2, it also warned those "willing to cause damage and destruction"
- Foreseeing a possibility of riot after the Tuesday's election, NYPD cautioned against looting and clashes between demonstrators and police
With voting ongoing in the United States, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has issued a stern warning to the electorate, cautioning them against violence and destruction.
US citizens are presently exercising their democratic right of electoral choice between incumbent Donald Trump and former senator, Joe Biden.
Legit.ng recalls that on Saturday, October 31, there was a hostile political atmosphere in the US as supporters of President Trump and his Democratic challenger were vandalising signs placed on lawns by Americans.
There were also reports that the signs were being stolen at an unprecedented rate with about 3,000 Biden signs stolen, defaced or thrown away in Bucks County.
Hitting the ground running, New York police said it has identified those "willing to cause damage and destruction", adding that "we will be on them."
In a statement on Monday, November 2, NYPD chief of department, Terence Monahan, stated that cops are braced up for the possibility of violence and riot after the Tuesday's presidential contest, FoxNews reports.
"Our intel has gotten a lot better. Our responses to getting cops out to the scene has gotten a lot better.
"We've identified those who are willing to cause damage and destruction, and we will be on them. We know who they are."
Monahan further declared that cops will be out in full force to protect everyone's right to vote, engage in peaceful protest and respond to calls for service.
He, however, urged organisers to avoid looting and violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Trump voted in Florida with just days to the November 3 presidential election.
The 45th US head of state cast his vote at a polling station in balmy West Palm Beach. He announced the news on his Facebook page on Saturday, October 24, saying it is a great honour.
Trump, who previously complained that mail-in voting would lead to fraud, hailed in-person voting as very "secure" even though he did not elaborate.
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