Pittsburgh public safety meeting to focus on how to spot extremism
A “Stronger Than Hate” sign is seen through a window in a shop in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(Pittsburgh) — Pittsburghers will have the opportunity to learn how to identify extremist activity in their communities at a city-wide public safety meeting Wednesday.
The theme was chosen in part because of October’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety’s SaferTogether coordinator Jay Gilmer.
“It appears as though there’s more hate speech, but we’re not really sure if that’s true,” Gilmer said. “Is there more or is it just more widely reported?”
Gilmer said attendees will learn how to identify images and logos of hate groups and how to report them to law enforcement.
“The bottom line is, what can community members do about the hate speech they may come across in their neighborhoods,” Gilmer said.
Pittburgh Public Safety holds city-wide public meetings twice a year. Gilmer said previous themes have included mental health and human trafficking.
Law enforcement personnel from the City of Pittsburgh, with the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI will be at the meeting to answer questions from the community.
Gilmer said he anticipates several hundred people will attend the meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville.