Police remove protesters from Trump rally

One man was holding a sign that read "Trump/Pence Must Go" and another was holding a Russian flag

Police removed a protester from Donald Trump's rally Tuesday at Covelli Centre early during the President's speech.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There were no arrests at President Donald Trump’s rally in Youngstown on Tuesday, but a few protesters were removed during his speech.

Youngstown Police officers, working with Mahoning County Sheriff’s deputies, Youngstown State University Police and the Secret Service were all there to provide a safe atmosphere for the rally.

Four protesters — two women and two men — were removed from the Covelli Centre. Three of them left with little resistance, but one man gave police a little trouble when they tried to escort him out.

The first protester was located in the crowd behind Trump and holding a sign that read “Trump/Pence Must Go.” The man was removed by police as Trump turned on stage and watched the incident.

After police removed the man, Trump returned to his podium and said, “Where the hell did he come from?” as the crowd cheered.

Minutes later, a young man was removed by police after holding a USSR flag. Police escorted the man out of the arena.

After the man was removed, Trump told a cheering crowd, “He’s a young one. He’s going back home to mommy. He’s in trouble. And I bet his mommy voted for us, right?”

Watch: Police remove protester with sign

“Those situations can be explosive and we were able to keep everything to a minimum,” said Officer Michael Medvec, with Youngstown Police Department. “We use a force continuum. We react to what they display to us. With those gentlemen that had to be pushed and prodded to get them out of the building, they were at a point where they were ignoring verbal commands.”

Medvec said police kept the Covelli Centre secure “as professionally as it could be handled,” noting they had little trouble and the event went very smooth.


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