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The City of Pittsburgh learned of the events Friday in New Zealand with heavy hearts and an all-too-intimate understanding of what the people of New Zealand are enduring.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's Intel Unit monitors all threats to all city residents and visitors, and works closely with law enforcement agencies at local, state and federal levels. Those efforts continue today, as always.

Public Safety officials have been in contact with local Islamic leaders and have increased patrols at mosques and other locales. The City of Pittsburgh will protect all houses of worship and the right to freely and safely practice your religion without fear. 

As Mayor William Peduto noted following the tragic events of Oct. 27, 2018 in the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh got its asterisk that day. We were added to the long list of communities who have suffered unimaginable loss as the result of ignorance and extremism.

Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. We offer our deepest condolences. And we will continue to stand united against all forms of hate.

 

 

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