Report: Celebrity apartments in police-defunded Manhattan to be guarded by armed security on election day


MANHATTAN, NY – The London Terrace Towers, an exclusive apartment building in Manhattan, are allegedly hiring armed security guards to be in place on election day. 

Why?  Because they are afraid that “mass protests, confrontations between extremists, and potential property damage” will ensue after the general election on November 3rd

At a time when many celebrities are calling for defunding of police, especially in New York City, it is surprising that any building would contract out with a security company, with guards with historically significantly less training than police, be tasked with protecting a building. 

However, that is exactly what the plan seems to be as it relates to the rich apartment building.

According to Page6, they received a copy of an email that the company allegedly sent out to the rich residents informing them of the move.  It said:

“As you are aware, government enforcement agencies across the country are making plans to control the possible civil unrest following the upcoming presidential election.  Regardless of the outcome of [the] election, our concerns range from isolated violent incidents to a long stretch of mass protests, confrontations between extremists, and potential property damage.”

The London Terrace is not the only set of apartment buildings that house wealthy people that are higher extra security for the election. 

The Time Warner Center is also hiring extra people to guard the building, but they are contracting with off duty law enforcement officers to do the job.  An anonymous person told the New York Post:

“Everybody is worried about security.  Every top building is adding security.  It’s out of control.  We hope it won’t be needed, but we will be ready…

“There will be officers with submachine guns.  We’ve always had immense security, but there will be more.  We’ll have extra patrols.  The entire building can be shut down with one button.”

Other luxury apartment buildings are also taking heed of security advice given by the New York Police Department in adding higher levels of security.  A resident board member of the 432 Park Avenue building told the New York Post:

“Everybody is doing it, adding elevated security to make sure that buildings are safe.”

The Manhattan House on E 66th St also recently sent out a letter to residents this week informing them that they are hiring additional security and asking the residents to be prepared.  The letter stated that they are going “to anticipate and mitigate the possibility of civil unrest and violence following the upcoming presidential election.”

Many police agencies are also hoping for the best but preparing for the worst should civil unrest occur after the election.  New York is not the only area preparing for such an event, Chicago is doing the same.  At a recent news conference, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said:

“Many cities across the country are doing similar planning. 

We are all in conversations with out counterparts across the country about what we might expect, but everything is uncertain, and so we’re trying as best we can to anticipate any hazard that might happen, including a weather hazard, snow might happen in our city, along with anything related to protests, embedded agitators that might loot or cause violence or destroy property.”

Cities like Miami in Florida are also getting prepared.  Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina agrees with Brown in not knowing what the future holds but says they will be prepared.  He said:

“We’re going to have more people working, a bigger, more robust uniformed presence.  And then we’re going to have some undercover officers that will go by polling places.”

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Rich families in the Hamptons are rushing to hire private security guards after protests

July 4, 2020

NEW YORK, NY — Wealthy Residents in the Hamptons are now hiring security guards to protect their property and themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic and now after the protests.

Jezebel news reported that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, real estate developer Stephen Ross, and CEO Steven Schwarzman are hiring security guards to protect their homes after the protests.

The New York Post reported that Charlie McArdle, the co-founder of CM Security Consulting said:

“My clients range from the 1 percenter to people who are concerned about the political climate and what’s going on today. We make sure there are no trespassers whey they are away from their homes and when they are in them too.”

Business is booming after the protests on Thursday.

Business in the Hamptons started to rise when the state shutdown started in March. The new customers were worried about burglaries because of the increase in unemployment. The protestors have brought more business for the security company. McArdle told the New York Post that he protects 16 residences and half are wealthy.

McArdle said:

“People started thinking ahead and added security. They were worried about burglaries as unemployment soared and then they started worrying about protecting their property from protestors.”

McArdle’s company also provides armed guards to drive billionaires and their offspring to and from the Hamptons.  

Jezebel reported one Hampton resident who said:

“The protestors are so crazy. I first hired armed guards around two weeks ago, when the protests began, and put a fence around my property to defend it. This is happening all over the country.”

The threat to the billionaires’ cozy summer getaways did not go over well with them. These are people who say they just want to enjoy their weekend celebrating this Fourth of July weekend.

Justice Namaste, writer for Jezebel, it is hard to imagine that any of the millions of people who are unemployed due to COVID-19 would spend their free time planning burglaries of homes in the Hamptons instead of finding a way to feed their family.

Jezebel reported that earlier this week protestors gathered outside the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s home in Washington, D.C. They put a guillotine on his front lawn with a sign:

“Support our poor communities, not our wealthy men.”

The New York Post also reported that members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation protested. One protestor, Rebecca Genia, said:

“It’s clear the real looters in New York are billionaires – and it’s time to make them pay their fair share so we can all thrive.”

Page Six News reported that protestors started marching along the Hamptonites’ homes on Wednesday. The protestors were wielding plastic pitchforks in an effort to blast the rich and criticize the nation’s rising inequality in income.

There were over 100 drivers and approximately 200 marchers on Wednesday.

They shouted, “Tax the rich, not the poor!” outside of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s home and called him a ‘looter’.

The protestors demanded that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo increase the taxes on the state’s 118 billionaires to compensate for the economic crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

They disagree with Cuomo’s plan to cut 20 percent of the state’s funding for schools, hospitals, and housing agencies. The protestors claim that the wealth of the US billionaires has risen while the low-income communities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protest was organized by the Director of Policy and Research for New York Communities for Change, Alice Nascimento. She told the New York Post:

“Enough is enough – it’s time for New York state to raise taxes on the rich instead of cutting services for working people.”

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance was also reported as being part of the march. Approximately 40 medallion cabs participated. The cab drivers were already in a crisis of debt prior to COVID-19 and have been impacted greatly by it.

In an interview with the New York Post, Tamir Lapin, Nascimento said:

“Billionaires are experts in social distancing. They’ve chosen to live in their own world and are separate from realities of everyday people and the people whose lives they have a tremendous impact on. We are here. We are affected and not going to stand down. We’re going to make sure our voices are heard.”

Further south in Atlanta, as law enforcement walked off the job as police have come under attack, some companies are turning to private agencies to provide security of property and executive protection.  

Report: Celebrity apartments in police-defunded Manhattan to be guarded by armed security on election day
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Welcome to the future of America, where a country without public servants looks like a country where only those with money can afford protection.

While this might be lucrative for the private protection companies, they are typically not sworn officers. 

Law Enforcement Today reached out to a global private intelligence, investigative and security agency, Conflict International, to ask about the uptick in requests for security services. We were able to speak to the Operations Director for the US , Stephen Komorek. 

Speaking exclusively with LET, he said: 

“Our nation has been turned upside down by recent events, to the point that security firms can make a great deal of profit. That is great for the companies, but horrible for our country. With law enforcement under attack, and either unable or unwilling to provide security, private groups are being asked to come in. 

What we at Conflict International would like to see is people coming together to heal the wounds that are dividing us. It pulls on our heart strings, that even through this suffering, we see people working together.”  

When asked about the role of private firms in safeguarding communities, Komorek stated: 

“I cannot speak for other agencies, but our main goal is de-escalation. If we have to draw our weapons, the situation is lost on all levels for everyone. Our protection experts excel at de-escalation. We strive to relate with everyone we encounter on a human level to meet all individuals right where they are. 

Because of how we operate, we have seen zero attacks on the properties and the people we are protecting, zero loss of life or property. “

And how do agencies from around the country recruit into individual areas? 

“There are so many nuances in executive protection and security services, not all companies do the same thing. State licensing requirements must be met. Our teams are made of people who are highly trained and vetted, practicing only where they are licensed. Again, the goal being de-escalation, because we believe all lives are sacred.” 


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