In light of the violence that surrounded a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday evening, Anaheim, CA police are warning protesters not to take the same approach in their town.
"We hope that people will counter-protest peacefully, within the confines of the law. If they do, they will have a pleasant experience," said Sergeant Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. "If they don’t, we are prepared to take swift enforcement action."
Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in the Southern California city, home to Disneyland and the Los Angeles Angels, on Wednesday night.
Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada added, "While we recognize and respect the 1st Amendment rights of all individuals to express their viewpoints and protest peacefully, we will not tolerate violence or disobedience of the law during the upcoming rally in Anaheim.”
Albuquerque police were besieged by rock and bottle throwing anti-Trump protesters on Tuesday night, with several officers reportedly injured in the violence.
Of the events that unfolded in Albuquerque, Trump tweeted, "The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!"