Thousands of protesters stepped onto Black Lives Matter Plaza one block from the White House on Tuesday evening to prepare for a night of demonstrations, even though many states still have hours before polling stations close.
As night fell on Tuesday, DC police lined the streets to prepare for the first signs of incoming results and an early argument broke out between police officers and protesters that apparently took place after protesters followed police instructions to transport one had not obeyed illegally parked demonstration vehicles.
The skirmish allegedly resulted in an arrest as more protesters gathered, although the "non-scalable" fence now encircled the perimeter of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and intelligence agents patrolled the area.
Cops escorted a truck of musicians when Shutdown D.C. and Black Lives Matter began their demonstrations to "begin this next phase of the electoral cycle on the streets," threatening to continue the riots for weeks if Trump is re-elected.
The groups have planned an eight-hour event at Black Lives Matter Plaza that will include a giant screen of election results, DJs, and performances by bands playing Washington's go-go music. A new report said they had "planned for months" to trigger a new wave of protests from election night.
While some Trump supporters were in attendance, they were far inferior to the anti-Trump protesters.
Elsewhere, both the LAPD and NYPD were preparing for possible unrest when the National Guard was activated in 16 states, according to the deadline.
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Washington DC Police escort a truck of musicians along K Street Northwest in front of the Hyatt Place Hotel in DC.
People gather in the area that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, near the White House in Washington DC, on Tuesday evening
Protesters react outside the White House while they wait for the election results on Tuesday evening
People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza to spark a wave of protests that threaten to prolong them for weeks
According to the Shutdown website, the group warned that it "wouldn't be the time to cause disruption to stop a coup – yet" on election night as votes were still coming in.
“But we are in a good place to respond to anything that could happen. This has been a really long and dark era so we'll be together to process our feelings of hope, anger, fear and exhaustion as a community, ”he added.
"Regardless of the results, election night programming will likely be finished by midnight so we can get energized and ready to hit the streets again on the 4th."
Cities across the country brace for election-related riots as activists prepare for weeks of sustained street action based on how the vote count goes and how President Donald Trump acts after his repeated rejections to say whether he will accept the results.
The preparations brought together a diverse set of groups, several decades old and others that formed last summer after George Floyd's death.
Early Tuesday evening there was an alleged early skirmish between protesters and police officers
The brawl allegedly resulted in a protester being arrested
People gather in Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as protests begin before polls even close
A woman with a mask of US President Donald Trump dances over a US flag in front of Trump Tower on Election Day in NY
Protesters are preparing for possible violence, particularly after June when Trump used federal law enforcement agencies to clear the White House square filled with peaceful protesters.
& # 39; The police are preparing for the fight. We should be very clear about that, ”April Goggans, a key organizer of the local Black Lives Matter subsidiary, said during an online training session on October 26, according to the Associated Press.
Organizer Nadine Bloch has run training courses for everyone, mainly passionate young street protesters to federal employees looking for methods of professional civil disobedience.
Black Lives Matter protesters have been organizing for months to kick off a new wave of demonstrations that begin outside the White House on election night and could last for weeks, according to a new report.
A collection of activist groups led by Black Lives Matter and Shutdown D.C. has conducted training through Zoom to mobilize thousands in the event of Biden losing, if the president does not give in or Trump decides to challenge the results, claims Fox News.
The report claims to have accessed tapes of a few training sessions which indicate the aim was to continue the unrest in the United States from election day until the president's inauguration in January.
An evangelical group talks about abortion as they gather outside the White House to await the election results
Protest signs can be seen in the White House outside of Election Day
On election day, people gather in front of the White House and leave protest signs on the barriers
Security in the surrounding blocks near the White House will be increased during the presidential election
Fox claims they also got access to documents showing plans to shut down federal buildings, including the White House, and raid members of Congress when they arrived in DC on public transport after the election, despite not confirming their legitimacy could.
Speaking to Fox, the FBI did not confirm or deny whether an investigation was ongoing into plans by activist groups to cause trouble in the coming days if Trump causes and anger and wins.
However, it found that it has worked at the federal, state and local levels to "collect and analyze information to determine whether individuals may be motivated to take violent action for any reason".
It added that its goal would be to provide a central location for assessing election-related threats, tracking status reports and significant complaints from FBI field offices, monitoring for indicators of coordinated nationwide efforts to disrupt the electoral process, and providing guidance to FBI officials Provide field offices and coordinate an FBI response to any election-related incident. "
According to Fox, the training included maps showing police stations, key government buildings and media in the DC area.
One of the Zoom sessions allegedly represented activist Lisa Fithian from the Sunrise Movement, who set out what it would take to surround the White House.
"We are facing a government and a possible coup and a possible uprising," Fithian reportedly said.
& # 39; Will there be a war? Are People Killed? How is that in the mind of others? I guess it is. We'll see potential fights across the country or at some hotspots, and we've seen that before. So how do we work together across the country to support one another no matter where we are and to maximize our impact doing similar things on similar days at similar times? & # 39;
Fox claims she added that those willing to break windows should do so to gain access to buildings.
"We have to be willing to put our bodies on the line and take on discomfort and sacrifice risk to change things."
“We're going to be in a crisis, but we want to make sure it's one that we can create. We want them to respond to us and we don't want to respond to them. In a situation of coup, insurrection, or uprising, someone who has the guns can often win. We should be clear. Trump has to go, ”she said, according to the recording of the call, which was posted on the SunriseExposed YouTube account.
The video has since been removed from the website for violating community guidelines.
Elsewhere in the country, large NYPD trucks encircled Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday evening as they prepared to complete the polls.
Heavily armed members of the NYPD guarded the Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon
A woman arranges signs at the Barclays Center during a march in Brooklyn to encourage people to vote on election day in NYC
The increased level of security was achieved despite Mayor Bill de Blasio claiming that there was "no reason" for companies to go into their windows before election day.
"We don't have a specific threat … we don't give guidance on how to do it, but we definitely understand," he said during a press conference Tuesday.
Critics like the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the NYPD's largest union, which called the chaos "inevitable", criticized him as "wrong" and "clueless".
NYPD chief Terence A. Monahan also appeared to be anticipating riots on Tuesday when he sharply warned activists not to even try.
"We know who you are and you are being arrested," he said.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday morning, “The police will take effect.
“You will have no tolerance for it. Zero tolerance. I can't be any clearer. & # 39;
The NYPD confirmed Tuesday evening that there are plans to establish car and pedestrian-free zones in the event of large-scale looting.
In Los Angeles, the LAPD announced Tuesday evening that it had "issued a city-wide tactical alert to provide sufficient resources to resolve incidents that may arise as a result of election day activity."
However, they warned that it was not implemented "as a result of a specific incident".
In Beverly Hills, the police, equipped with 130 officers, are on duty from October 31 to November 7 according to the deadline. Officers are asked to work 12-hour shifts and the department has a S.W.A.T. Team and 80 private security guards.
The LAPD announced in a tweet on Tuesday evening that it had "reported a city-wide tactical alert to ensure adequate resources to resolve incidents that may arise as a result of election day activity."
An armored vehicle patrols a boarded Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills Tuesday
An armored vehicle patrols a boarded Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon
The LAPD was both preparing for possible unrest when the National Guard was activated in 16 states on election day
Every major city in America is preparing for some form of unrest after a year of unprecedented violence and unrest.
National Guard troops will patrol the streets of Philadelphia and Chicago ahead of Tuesday's elections, including the target parking lots that are expected to spark violence in major cities across the country.
Troops reported in Philadelphia on Monday evening and arrived in armored trucks the day before the Americans went to vote to decide who will be the next president. It comes after weeks of rioting in Philadelphia over the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.
Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker asked National Guard forces in his state to go to Chicago in anticipation of riot and looting.
A National Guard spokesman said the troops had not yet received specific instructions.
“Obviously people can see the Illinois National Guard trucks and troops moving.
“This is supposed to be ready to respond if necessary, but we have not received any missions. We, along with most of the other Illinoisans and Americans, hope we are not needed, ”said Barb Wilson, the spokeswoman.
A total of around 3,500 National Guardsmen were used in active electoral service in America today.
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