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Security Will Be Ramped Up At L.A. Events In The Wake Of Paris Attacks
Following the terrorist attacks that killed at least 127 people in Paris Friday night, the LAPD has increased patrols at what they are calling "critical infrastructure" sites and at large public gatherings, reports City News Service.Department spokesman Officer Aareon Jefferson said, "We are aware of the attacks in Paris and the command staff has been alerted." While there has been no proof of a "credible threat" in Los Angeles, department commanders were contacted, and officers planned to increase their presence at major sites and places where large crowds are expected to gather on Saturday night; one such location would be tonight's UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl.
As Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted:
There are no confirmed credible threats here in Los Angeles but we're taking all necessary precautions for heightened attention in our city.— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) November 13, 2015
Still, as CBS L.A. reports, several events around the city will be monitored more closely than usual. Among them are a Justin Bieber concert at Staples Center, a Snoop Dogg show at the Coliseum, and a tree lighting ceremony at the Grove; all events that are expected to draw thousands. At Bieber's Friday night concert (the first of two sold-out shows) at Staples, the singer prayed for Paris:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said that it would not be taking any extra precautions, but that "sheriff's personnel will be reminded to remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness. We urge the public to report any suspicious activity to a local law enforcement agency and if they see something, say something."
In addition to tweeting his support to the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, the Cal State Long Beach student killed in the attacks, Garcetti also tweeted that his office has been communicating with the French government and other national security agencies:
We've been in touch all day with French Govt, Secretary of Homeland Security& we continue to deploy resources here & have offered to Paris.— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) November 14, 2015
A vigil for the victims will be held at the French Consulate at 5 p.m. today, at 10390 Santa Monica Blvd.