Extra security in place for Donald Trump visit

This isn't Trump's first time to visit Arkansas, but it is the first time he'll have this tight of security, making this a very high-profile political stop

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It's Trump time here in Arkansas. The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Little Rock for a rally this week, taking over Barton Coliseum on Wednesday, February 3. 

Trump is working to make himself number one with Arkansas voters, and it's up to Arkansas' U.S. Secret Service to protect him. 

"From the time he lands, he parks his aircraft, hops into the motorcade, all the way to Barton Coliseum, and the coliseum itself," said Brian Marr, with U.S. Secret Service. 

Secret Service is covering this event alongside a team of even more security. 

"We will bring agents in from outside the state of Arkansas, and utilize a lot of local law enforcement," said Marr. 

The Secret Service says if anyone's getting kicked out of Barton Coliseum Wednesday for freedom of speech reasons, it's going to be from the Trump campaign itself, not police. 

"The host committee is the one that can ask for that individual to be removed," said Marr. 

Secret Service says to come with the bare minimum to get through security quick, which includes no signs with sticks. 

"We don't mind the free speech, you can hold the sign up, but anything that can be utilized as a weapon is going to be left outside," said Marr. 

Both supporters and protesters plan to show up Wednesday

"After I made the Facebook group, it just kind of exploded. It got a lot bigger than I expected," said Amy Spears, who is leading the charge of an anti-Trump protest. 

Spears got a permit to legally assemble, peacefully outside the coliseum. 

"Don't do the things that bring you down a lower level because it's not worth it," said Spears. 

Outbursts by protests in the past, set an example for spears of what she doesn't want to do. "Even though we don't agree with him and what he stands for, it would just disrespectful for us to disrupt from inside," said Spears.

This will be Trump's second time to Arkansas, since his Hot Springs visit for a fundraiser last summer.

Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event starts at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here

 


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