Local Mosques, Houses Of Worship Seek Security Advice From Law Enforcement

Tuesday, June 14th 2016, 2:46 pm
By: Karl Torp

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, local religious groups are thinking of a plan of action.

Mosques in the metro are asking local police for more patrols in case they become the target of misguided payback attacks after Orlando.

“I’m sure people of Oklahoma know this is not what we represent, but you still have those one to two people who might think differently,” said Saad Mohammed, the Islamic Center of Oklahoma City spokesman.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City University School of Law will host people from all different faiths Tuesday evening to show how they can better protect their houses of worship.

“Our religious communities are coming to grips with the reality of violence,” said UCO School of Law Dean Valerie Couch.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the FBI, Homeland Security and representatives with Department of Justice will give advice to a crowd of about 370.

Nearly half signed up after the shots were fired at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

OCU originally expected a much smaller crowd, and now the event has been moved into an auditorium.

“Many of the large churches do have their own security teams in place, but most churches, synagogues, temples and mosques do not,” Couch said.