Osama bin Laden's death: LAPD will beef up security at Lakers playoff games, other potential terrorism targets, Chief Charlie Beck says
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said his department plans to beef up police patrols at potential terrorism targets -- such as Staples Center during upcoming Lakers playoff games -- 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 the LAPD has already begun patrols at some possible terrorism targets, including religious institutions.
"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."He urged anyone who sees unusual activity to contact the LAPD through iwatchla.org or through the (877) A-THREAT tip line.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, said all of the facilities were on heightened alert.
"We have our antenna out higher than normal," she said.
Lindsey would not elaborate on security measures or detail what types of new patrols might be used at LAX.
Baca has also said his department is on heightened alert and urged residents to be watchful for suspicious activity.
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Photo: Airport police patrol the area outside Terminal 4 at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times