NYC Increases Police Presence After Call For 'Global Day of Jihad' by Islamist Leaders

NYC Increases Police Presence After Call For 'Global Day of Jihad' by Islamist Leaders

New York City is bolstering its police presence in response to Hamas leadership’s call for a “global day of Jihad” on Friday.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) issued a statement emphasizing the absence of specific credible threats but acknowledged online postings that have raised concerns.

As a precautionary measure, the NYPD has increased the deployment of uniformed officers at large gatherings and cultural sites, Fox News reports.

In a press conference, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated that while there is no specific threat, the city is aware of planned protests on Friday and Hamas’s global call to action.

Hochul activated the state’s Homeland Security, Counter Terrorism Unit, Hate Crimes Task Force, and State Police, with the readiness to deploy the National Guard if needed.

National Guard members will patrol mass transit areas in conjunction with the MTA.

The NYPD is urging New Yorkers to be vigilant, with officers ready to ensure public safety and respond to any potential threats. The NYPD Chief of Patrol, John Cell, stated that every member of the department will be in uniform on Friday to keep the peace and reiterated that the NYPD will not tolerate violence.

Security measures are being heightened in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Capitol Police enhancing security throughout the Capitol Complex. Officials are working closely with local law enforcement agencies and intelligence organizations across the country to ensure safety.

Law enforcement agencies in other major U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles, have issued statements of reassurance and vigilance.

The FBI is monitoring the situation, emphasizing its commitment to investigating and disrupting any potential threats and encouraging the public to report anything they consider suspicious to law enforcement. While there are no specific threats, authorities are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of citizens.


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