Former President Donald Trump received special treatment during his arraignment, as he was surrounded by a large team of Secret Service agents. The decision was made by the Secret Service, overruling Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s recommendation that Trump be handcuffed and subjected to a mugshot.
Secret Service Overrules Bragg
Democrats expressed disappointment and surprise at the decision, believing that Trump would receive preferential treatment from the justice system simply because he is a former president. However, the law requires that former presidents be protected by a team of government agents at all times, and Trump was no exception.
Trump Receives Lawful Protection
Trump’s arraignment was a high-security event, with counter-snipers on rooftops and the NYPD outside with riot gear, in preparation for potential protests. Secret Service agents were posted around the courthouse, and Trump’s personal detail was inches away from him at all times.
Trump’s High-Security Arraignment
Despite the heightened security measures, the Secret Service did not allow Trump to be handcuffed or subjected to a mugshot. According to a law enforcement official, the Secret Service said “absolutely not, no cuffs, no way.” The official also joked that if a mugshot was ever taken of Trump, it would be a “group mugshot.”
Trump Not Handcuffed or Mugshot
The decision not to handcuff or mugshot Trump was based on the fact that former presidents are protected at all times by a team of Secret Service agents. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, after consulting with the Secret Service and New York City court officials, concluded that there was no reason to subject Trump to such procedures.
Lawful Protection Leads to No Handcuffs or Mugshot
In conclusion, Trump’s arraignment was a high-security event, with the former president protected by a team of government agents as required by law. The Secret Service overruled the Manhattan District Attorney’s recommendation to handcuff and mugshot Trump, citing the fact that he is a former president protected at all times by a team of Secret Service agents.