Bin Laden death: LAPD increases patrols of religious institutions, ‘high profile’ terrorist targets

| May 2, 2011

Local authorities are increasing patrols at religious institutions and other potential terrorist targets in the wake of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing, commanding officer of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, said Sunday night that in the near term, there would be additional patrols around "high-profile targets." Police will be on the lookout for terrorist activities and possible hate crimes.

"We are somewhat concerned about any retaliation because of his [Bin Laden's] death," Downing said. "But with our partnerships and relationships that we've built over the last four or five years, we will stand with these communities to resist any attacks or hate incidents."

The LAPD has worked hard over the last five years in its outreach, particularly to build relationships and partnerships in the Muslim community in Los Angeles, which Downing called "our strength."

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