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Trump’s Patchogue visit had no arrests, incidents, cops say

Anti-Trump protesters outside the area of the Emporium

Anti-Trump protesters outside the area of the Emporium in Patchogue, where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addressed a Suffolk GOP fundraiser on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Photo Credit: John Roca

There were no arrests and no incidents in connection with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s visit to Patchogue on Thursday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said.

The department spent $42,000 in overtime, mostly on patrol officers, to provide security, Sini said at a news conference Friday, adding he considered that a relatively low number.

Trump on Thursday addressed more than 1,300 people at a Republican fundraiser inside The Emporium nightclub and music venue that generated controversy in the community.

Outside, Joselo Lucero stood a few hundred feet away, at the site where a 17-year-old boy fatally stabbed his brother Marcelo in 2008. Authorities later ruled the deadly attack against the Ecuadorean immigrant a hate crime.

The visit to the village by the GOP front-runner — known for his harsh criticism of undocumented immigrants — was like “a slap in my face,” Joselo Lucero said Thursday with tears in his eyes.

More than 120 area residents, community leaders, clergy and advocates for immigrant rights joined him for a vigil to honor his brother and counter what he called Trump’s “hate speech” and “rhetoric against immigrants.”

Many of those gathered said prayers and talked about the life and death of Marcelo Lucero. About two blocks away a separate group of more boisterous protesters carried signs and shouted anti-Trump slogans.

The vigil came after repeated attempts by Joselo Lucero and others to convince Suffolk County Republican Party Chairman John Jay LaValle to cancel Trump’s appearance.

Earlier this week, LaValle said organizers planned the event about two months ago — long before Trump agreed to speak. He accused immigrant-rights advocates of “politicizing tragedy.”

Seven teenagers who were looking for Hispanics to beat up attacked Marcelo Lucero on Railroad Avenue the night of Nov. 8, 2008. Jeffrey Conroy plunged a knife into him and he later died.

All seven were convicted on a number of assault-related charges. Conroy is serving a 25-year prison term for first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime.

Down Railroad Avenue, a raucous protest attracted more than 100 people who shouted “Stand up, fight back” and carried signs with slogans such as “Hate is not welcome in Patchogue.”

Police kept them a block away from the Emporium, behind metal fencing.

With Deon J. Hampton

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