Cities across the country prepare for the widespread violence on and after Election Day as many states prepare the National Guard for activation and specialized units of military police guards ready for a swift deployment.
On Friday, boards went across store fronts in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Denver and elsewhere in anticipation of possible political violence that would be unprecedented in modern American history.
Experts fear the riots could be widespread, regardless of whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden emerged victorious – and warn that riots could break out even if the results are not clear on November 3rd Cycle.
Security officials prepare for a range of potential threats, from spontaneous acts of mob violence to more organized, planned attacks.
A Chanel store is boarded up by workers in the SoHo area of New York City on Saturday morning
Workers are helping prepare a Dior in the SoHo area of Lower Manhattan on Saturday morning in preparation for election day
A Staples store on Broadway in New York City is boarded up as companies anticipate possible violence on Tuesday
The ultra-rich New Yorkers hire armed guards to prepare for riot
New York City's affluent elite are hiring armed guards in the run-up to the elections.
At the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, managers use off duty police officers with submachine guns to keep watch, according to the New York Post.
Other top buildings, like 220 Central Park South on Billionaire & # 39; s Row, say they are already well guarded but they are taking extra precautions, e.g. B. to keep the entrances locked at night.
Fears of violence have been voiced by both left and right-wing extremists – although activists on both sides insist that their goal is to defend themselves against violence from the other side and ensure fair elections.
Washington DC is predicted to be an epicenter of civil unrest. Left-wing activists are preparing to rally there for a mass demonstration as the polls close on Tuesday.
A group of groups led by Black Lives Matter and Shutdown DC are planning an eight-hour event at Black Lives Matter Plaza, one block from the White House.
Shutdown DC is rehearsing "electoral melting simulations" in which certain public spaces are occupied indefinitely and attempts are made to intimidate voters at polling stations or to confiscate ballot papers.
Organizers are also preparing "quick reaction forces" to respond to a variety of scenarios, ranging from an expanded Supreme Court stalemate to Trump declaring victory despite official results and calling supporters and militias to the capital.
Many of the activists fear that Facebook and Twitter could be shut down and use encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Telegram to keep communication going on election night.
In downtown Washington, workers on Friday boarded up shop windows near the White House to protect themselves from possible damage.
There is also fear of right-wing violence, especially after militia members were accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Earlier this week, the founder of the Oath Keepers, another heavily armed right-wing militia group, promised to stand up on election day and protect the people.
Washington DC: Baguer Construction LLC workers get into a Walgreens on U Street NW on Friday ahead of the presidential election. Cities across the country are adopting and anticipating violence on and after election day
Los Angeles: Workers carry material to board the windows of the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills on Friday. Retailers, including Nordstrom, Tiffany, and Saks Fifth Avenue, step into their windows for extra security
Philadelphia: Members of the National Guard patrol the Philadelphia City Hall area on Friday
Washington DC: Workers plug windows in the Hay-Adams Hotel across from the White House on Friday
Washington DC (above) is predicted to be an epicenter of election unrest. Left-wing activists prepare to rally there for a mass demonstration as the election ends on Tuesday and a right-wing group vows to "protect" the White House
Washington DC: Ahead of the presidential election, workers get into Brown Bag, a restaurant on I Street NW, on Friday
Washington DC: People are preparing to start a business in the country's capital on Friday in anticipation of the election riot
In an interview with controversial right-wing radio host Alex Jones on Tuesday, Oath Keepers leader Stuart Rhodes accused the Democrats of "stealing the elections".
He said the Oath Guards will be within range of Washington DC to stop a Benghazi-style attack on the White House on election night.
"When those of us who are tasked with defending your rights announce that we will stand up on election day and protect the people, they immediately turn it over like we are the ones who are going to get out there," said Rhodes Jones insist that his group has no intention of provoking violence.
DC Metro police chief Peter Newsham promised Thursday that his entire department would work on election day. In Washington, dozens of overlapping law enforcement agencies control certain landmarks and public spaces.
Police officers have restricted the days on which officials can vote in the election and spent tens of thousands of dollars on chemical irritants and other non-lethal ammunition to fight rioting after much of the agency's inventory ran out this summer.
In preparation for election day on Tuesday, a plaque was set up outside the Union Square Theater in New York
Workers are preparing to enter the Paris theater in Manhattan on Saturday morning, in anticipation of possible riots on Tuesday
A Smoke Shop location on Fifth Avenue can be seen upstairs on Saturday after boarding
The picture above shows a Louis Vuitton location in the SoHo area of Manhattan after it was nailed up Saturday morning
A Prada location in the SoHo area of Manhattan is seen after it was boarded up to protect the store from possible looting
A Converse store on Broadway in New York City is boarded up by workers on Saturday morning
New York City: A woman walks past a Macy & # 39; s department store that has sheets of plywood placed on it to cover the windows in preparation for next week's Manhattan election
New York: Carpenters enter a Blue Mercury store on 6th Avenue in New York City on Friday.
New York City: Corporations have made it their business to open storefronts in anticipation of riot related to the presidential election
New York City: A man walks past a Macy & # 39; s department store that had sheets of plywood over the windows on Friday
Philadelphia: A woman runs past a boarded-up shop with a draped banner and spray-painted "OPEN" notes after looting on Friday. In response to widespread unrest following the death of Walter Wallace Jr., the National Guard arrived on Friday
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said she had not made a decision on whether to use National Guard troops for election-related violence, although some troops remain activated during the coronavirus pandemic.
In New York City on Friday the boards went over many storefronts on Fifth Avenue. In downtown Manhattan, some buildings that were not boarded up during violent demonstrations in June were covered up in anticipation of even greater unrest.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea ordered trash cans to be removed from major thoroughfares to prevent them from being used as projectiles.
Some restaurants received similar orders to remove chairs and tables that were used for outdoor dining during the pandemic.
Denver: Plywood covered the windows of the Denver Election Division building on Friday in anticipation of riot
Denver: Plywood covers the windows of the Denver City / County building if pedestrians pass by through Friday
Los Angeles: A worker paints the blackboard at a Mikimoto jewelry store in Beverly Hills on Friday. Retailers like Nordstrom, Tiffany, and Saks Fifth Avenue are stepping into their windows and planning on adding additional security guards
Some states are preparing the National Guard to patrol the streets of Philadelphia after several nights of looting during the protests against the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. this week.
The National Guard has designated military police units with hundreds of troops in Alabama and Arizona ready to respond within 24 hours.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, told KNXV-TV that he would not "hesitate" to send the guard out in the event of any disturbance.
"But our planning and hope would be that we don't have civil unrest, but if we have the National Guard ready we won't hesitate to call them," Ducey said.
Philadelphia: The member of the National Guard Private First Class Clemens monitors the activities around the city hall on Friday
Philadelphia: Police officers pass while members of the National Guard monitor activity around Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia: The National Guard has been patrolling the streets after several nights of looting during protests against the police shots of Walter Wallace Jr. this week
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, said Thursday he would deploy around 400 guardsmen to make up for the shortage of election workers.
The New Jersey Guard will be assisting election officials with voting, and staff from the Delaware and Washington State Guard will provide election-related technical assistance.
Tennessee & # 39; s Guard opens polling stations for rural communities.
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