Police Ordered To ‘Prepare For Riots’ As Fear That Trump Will Fire Mueller Intensifies
Fearing that President Donald Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller any time now, Police in Pittsburgh are being ordered to prepare themselves for riots because “large-scale protests” would happen in “short notice.”
In an email sent out to detectives, the commander of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s major crimes division, Victor Joseph, alert detectives to bring full riot gear with them to work in case they’re needed to put down violent protests in the wake of Mueller’s firing.
“There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller,” Joseph writes in his email. “This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing. The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more likely happen on short notice.”
It is not clear whether Joseph has some inside knowledge that would lead him to believe that Trump is planning to fire Mueller. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tells Cipriani that Joseph’s email to detectives sent out this week was simply a “precautionary” measure.
Read the email below, posted online by WTAE-TV reporter Marcie Cipriani.
— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) April 18, 2018