Though there have been no credible threats against Bay Area targets, it stands to reason that the minds of LGBT people here have likely already leapt to the possibility of further, copycat attacks on LGBT targets following the horrific act of terrorism that took place Sunday in Orlando, taking the lives of at least 50 and injuring 53 more.
While we continue to learn more about the attacker, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, and his motivations homophobia seems to be a clear one, via a quote from this father, but the New York Times is also reporting that he had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State in a 911 call prior to the attack the San Francisco Police Department has issued a statement urging vigilance locally, and promising greater police presence as SF's own Pride festivities approach in two weeks.
The full statement, below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Orlando, and with the families and friends of those who have been injured and killed. While there are no known threats to San Francisco, the San Francisco Police Department will be increasing police presence in places of high public concentration including shopping, transit, and entertainment areas, the City's Castro District and LGBT venues as well our mosques to ensure safety for everyone.
The San Francisco Police Department has been meeting with SF Pride organizers for months to discuss safety and security for Pride Weekend. There are additional meetings scheduled in the weeks leading up to the event. The Department is working with our State and Federal law enforcement partners and our number one priority for Pride is planning for safety and security at the event.
As always, we remind the public, "If you see something, say something!"