President Trump's arrival brings increased police presence to downtown Cedar Rapids

Published: Jun. 21, 2017 at 6:57 AM CDT
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President Trump supporters have been lined up outside since Tuesday night eagerly awaiting the president's arrival for Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. rally.

A large protest against the rally is also planned along 1st Avenue around 5:00 p.m.

Cedar Rapids Police say unless you're going to the rally or going to protest, you should do everything you can to avoid 1st Avenue.

That means there will also be increased police presence in downtown Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.

Police in Cedar Rapids are getting ready for the crowds expected to head downtown.

They say law enforcement from all across eastern Iowa will be on site.

Police expect much of the downtown area to be busy starting just after 5:00 p.m. right when President Trump is expected to land.

Officers say there will be temporary road closures while the President is en route to and from the U.S. Cellular Center.

Cedar Rapids Police say they will be assisting secret service.

Officers warn against blocking any entrances into the U.S. Cellular Center or going on federal property.

"We want to make sure it's a peaceful event for those who want to support the President and attend the event. As well as those who want to exercise their political freedoms and potential those protesting the decisions," Greg Buelow, with the Cedar Rapids Police Department said.

You may notice more police officers out on Wednesday afternoon from Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Marion, Linn County, and Iowa State Patrol.