Man who set himself on fire outside Trump hush money trial is in critical condition, police say

(19 Apr 2024)
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New York – 19 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD Chief of Department:
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"But at 1:30 (p.m.) this afternoon, right here in Collect Pond Park, which is directly opposite of a New York County Criminal court at 110 street where the trial of former President Trump is currently taking place, we, observe a male walk into the park. He walks into the center of the park.
When he’s in the park, he starts shuffling around his clothes, he opens up a book bag. From the book bag, he takes numerous pieces of papers, pamphlets out, he throws the pamphlets throughout the park and then he pulls out a canister and pours some kind of liquid on himself. A liquid we believe is an accelerant. And he lights himself on fire."
2. Various of police on scene
3. Pamphlets on the ground
4. Police officer reading a pamphlet
5. A canister and other burned debris on the ground
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Laura Kavanagh, New York City Fire Commissioner:
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"Victim is in critical condition but is alive and intubated at Cornell Burn Center. At this time, there were four, three NYPD officers and one court officer ,so four officers who had minor injuries from their exposure to the fire. They are all fine. They are stable, and they are green tags, which is minor at this time. We were on scene as the chief mentioned. EMS (Emergency Medical Services) did treat and transport the patient and we do have our fire marshals here helping with the investigation at this."
7. Various of police on scene
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD Chief of Department:
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"We’re very concerned. Of course we’re going to review our security protocols. This gentleman did not breach the security protocols, the park was open to the public. But of course, we’re going to look at everything. And with the magnitude of what’s going on around right here. We’ll reassess our security with our federal partners."
STORYLINE:
The man who set himself on fire across the street from the courthouse where Donald Trump’s hush money trial is taking place is in critical condition in a burn unit, police said Friday.

The man first walked into the park around 1:30 p.m., took out pamphlets espousing conspiracy theories and spread them around the park before he doused himself in an accelerant and set himself on fire, officials said.

Officials believe the man had traveled from Florida to New York in the past few days.

Authorities said they were reviewing the security protocols outside the courthouse.

“We are very concerned. Of course we are going to review our security protocols,” Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said.

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