- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford police have set up barricades in front of the Connecticut Convention Center in advance of a campaign visit by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Trump’s speech on Friday was expected to attract thousands of supporters and protestors to downtown Hartford during the evening rush hour.

Police say the barricades are designed to keep the two groups separated.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says local authorities are working with the Secret Service on security for the rally. He says there have been several threats against Trump on social media and police expect to have about 80 officers at the event.

Police say they expect traffic problems beginning at about 4 p.m. and some local businesses planned to send workers home early.

The Trump rally is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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