Police boost patrols at synagogues after Pittsburgh attack

NEW YORK (AP) — Law-enforcement agencies across the United States deployed extra officers at synagogues and Jewish centers on Saturday in re­sponse to a shooting that claimed 11 lives at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Police in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities said that while they knew of no credible threats against houses of worship in their communities they were stepping up patrols nonetheless.

Authorities say gunman Robert Bowers, a virulent anti-Semite in social media posts, opened fire during a service at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning.

In New York City, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said officers equipped with heavy weapons had been sent to houses of worship.

“In addition, NYPD officers in every precinct throughout the city are visiting sensitive locations to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers,” said Monahan, who joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials at a Manhattan synagogue.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, also a Democrat, and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement that the Chicago Police Department “is closely monitoring the situation and providing special attention to all synagogues throughout Chicago.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said that “out of an abundance of caution you will see extra patrols around houses of worship today.”