NYPD Steps Up Security at Mosques Following New Zealand Massacre
Police officers were deployed to mosques throughout NYC after gunmen struck in two mosques during evening prayers in New Zealand leaving 49 people dead.
Published reports claim the killers wore body cameras and streamed the massacre online.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless, cowardly terror attack in New Zealand. The New York City Police Department is providing all the assistance we possibly can to our friends and colleagues in and around the city of Christchurch, and we will continue to work closely with all of our state, federal, and international law enforcement partners,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
“To the Muslim community here in New York: We stand with you always, and we will remain vigilant in keeping you safe – and making sure you feel safe, too. The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace.
“The NYPD sees no New York City connection to the tragedy in New Zealand at this time, but we nevertheless stand prepared to protect the people in all of our communities. We are connecting with area mosques and Muslim community leaders, and increasing patrols and high-visibility counterterrorism presence at locations around the city. Together, New Yorkers will never allow terrorists – who thrive on violence and fear – to threaten our people or our values,” O’Neill said.
“My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand. And we grieve with the rest of the world. In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will,” said Gov. Andew Cuomo.
“As a precaution, I have directed State Police to increase patrols around mosques and houses of worship across the state. At a time of great division, we will stand up to hate in all its forms and do everything in our power to protect the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all those grieving around the world,” Cuomo said.