Police say they didn't advise Trump to cancel rally: report

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A Chicago Police Department spokesman told The Associated Press that the police did not suggest Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump slams 'totally biased' judge in Trump U case Ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli: I didn’t endorse Trump Five things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary MORE cancel his Friday night rally, contrary to what Trump has said in interviews. 

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CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the AP that the department did not recommend Trump call off the event and said they had sufficent manpower to cover the rally. Guglielmi said that the decision to shut down the event was made "independently" by the Trump campaign. 

That runs contrary to what Trump has said in interviews since massive protests engulfed his event and supporters clashed with demonstrators after the cancellation announcement. 

"I spoke with law enforcement and made [the call to cancel] in conjuction with law enforcement, and I think we made a wise decision," Trump said in a phone interview on MSNBC. 

"I think we were given credit" for putting off the event, Trump said. 

Huge crowds of protesters and Trump fans clashed in the streets and in the University of Illinois venue Friday, the culmination of a week of Trump events marked by violence. 

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