Heightened security in place ahead of Trump rally at Indiana State Fairgrounds Wednesday


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INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2016) – Federal and local law enforcement are preparing for Donald Trump’s campaign stop in Indianapolis Wednesday.

The GOP front-runner will hold an event at the Indiana Fairgrounds, where campaign officials expect thousands of supporters to attend.

The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion.

Doors open at noon.  The rally is free and open to the public, but you do will need a ticket to enter. Ticket information can be found here.

“We need change,” Ron Cooper said, a Trump supporter. “And it’s about time it gets started. And he’s the man to do it.”

The U.S. Secret Service is coordinating efforts between local and federal law enforcement, much of which supporters and the public will never see.

Indiana State Police said a plan and manpower is in place to respond if extra police presence is needed.

“I haven’t heard of anybody going to come out and try to disrupt,” Rex Early said, chairman of Trump’s Indiana campaign. “I just don’t think they’re going to go out, and if they do, it will be a calm situation. Not like Chicago.”

Trump had to cancel a Chicago rally last month over safety concerns, during a time when his rallies had become increasingly violent nationwide.

“They want me to tell my people please be nice,” Trump said during a rally. “My people are nice.”

Trump is expected to include a reference to local Indianapolis jobs, a mainstay of a number of speeches, blasting Carrier and its parent company United Technologies for moving 1,400 Indianapolis manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, said Trump’s campaign contacted him last week about the upcoming stop.

Tuesday the union endorsed Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president.

“Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running for president who will do something to stop this kind of corporate greed if he is elected – because he’s been fighting against it for years,” Jones said in a statement. “We will be doing everything we can to help him win the primary here in Indiana on May 3.”

Indiana campaign officials said Hoosiers can expect to hear Trump’s “conservative message” on Wednesday, as Indiana becomes increasingly more critical for the campaign.

“Sure would be nice,” Early said. “I don’t think he has to win Indiana, but he’ll come out of Indiana pretty good.”

Gov. Mike Pence will meet with Trump prior to the rally at the fairgrounds. The governor's office says Trump's campaign team initiated the meeting.

Republican Ted Cruz will be in Indiana Thursday, attending the state GOP Spring Dinner, along with Gov. Pence and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

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