By Duncan Smith
While conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump are slamming Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum for issuing an emergency declaration ahead of the president’s first in-person rally in months, it sounds like the Republican city leader has little choice.
According to the Washington Times:
Crowds in excess of 100,000 people are expected in the vicinity of the rally Saturday, as are public protests capable of potentially turning violent, Mr. Bynum's order noted.
'I have received information from the Tulsa Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that shows that individuals from organized groups who have been involved in destructive and violent behavior in other states are planning to travel to the city of Tulsa for purposes of causing unrest in and around the rally,' his order says in part.
Authorities are accordingly limiting access to parts of Tulsa near the BOK Center, the indoor arena where Mr. Trump's rally will be held, according to the mayor's emergency order.
The curfew remains in effect until Saturday morning, the day of Trump’s rally, then goes back into effect when the rally ends, to be lifted Sunday morning at 6 a.m.
“We understand that many people are unaware that a curfew will be in place and barricades are still in the process of being setup. If we find anyone in violation of the Executive Order this evening, we will request that they leave the area based on the curfew,' the Tulsa Police Department said on Twitter.
'If people refuse to leave the area, they may be cited or arrested. This is an unprecedented event for the City of Tulsa and has hundreds of moving parts, we are asking for everyone's help in making this a safe event for all citizens,' the department tweeted.
This seems to make sense to us. What choice does the mayor really have?
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