Chicago police say Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not consult them prior to cancelling a rally in Chicago on Friday evening. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chicago police said they were not consulted by anyone from Donald Trump's campaign prior to the cancellation of a rally in Chicago on Friday. Trump's campaign called off an event at the University of Illinois at Chicago pavilion citing security concerns as large groups of anti-Trump protesters were also inside the venue. After the rally was cancelled, Trump told media he had met with law enforcement after arriving in Chicago and that he had made a "wise decision" to postpone the rally to keep everyone safe. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERIM CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT, JOHN ESCALANTE, SAYING: "We were informed that the event was being cancelled. The Chicago Police Department had no role. We were not consulted or provided an opinion as to whether or not the event should be cancelled. In fact, I can tell you that we did assure the Trump campaign that we had more than adequate resources outside the UIC Pavilion and that we guaranteed them that we could provide safe access and exit for Mr. Trump, and at the same time, we were confident that we were providing security for both the attendees that were going to the pavilion, supporters of Mr. Trump, and the protesters that were outside the pavilion." Police said there were five arrests made, and that two officers received non-life threatening injuries.