The NYPD will boost protection at the city’s African-American churches following the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday night.
Mayor Bill de Blasio held a moment of silence and announced the increased resources “directed at protecting African-American churches in this city” during an unrelated press conference at Prospect Park Thursday.
“There are so many people here who hail from South Carolina, and it’s a very, very painful moment for all of us,” said de Blasio. “I want everyone to know there’s no place in New York City for this kind of hatred.”
The announcement came shortly before police announced they had arrested a suspect in the shooting, Dylann Storm Roof, 21.
Source: DNA Info | Jeff Mays and Leslie Albrecht