According to an internal police memo, the NYPD will be stepping up patrols at Catholic churches across the city this weekend amid planned protests over the leaked draft Supreme Court decision ruling Roe v. Wade picks up.
Officers are ordered to conduct at least two drive-by patrols per tour between midnight Friday and midnight Sunday to combat potentially violent pro-choice protests or other chaotic incidents.
“Due to recent events surrounding the leak of US Supreme Court documents relating to Roe v. Wade requires officers to have heightened awareness while on patrol,” the NYPD memo, sent Thursday, said.
“Particular attention must be paid near the Catholic Church, especially during Sunday morning mass.”
Joseph Zwilling, director of communications for the Archdiocese of New York, told the Post Friday that the archdiocese also wants to increase security because of the planned demonstrations.
“We are aware of the call for some kind of protest and, without going into specifics, we will work with law enforcement and take appropriate steps if necessary,” he said.
Pro-choice activists this week called on Americans to storm Catholic churches on Mother’s Day to protest the possible end of nationwide abortion laws.
The pro-choice group Ruth Sent Us, named after the late Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, took to Twitter to urge their followers to do so “Rise up against a corrupt and illegitimate” SCOTUS following Monday’s bomb leak of draft opinion.
“Whether you are Catholic for Choice, ex-Catholic, of any faith or of no faith, acknowledge that six extremist Catholics have set out to overthrow Roe,” the group said tweeted Tuesday. “Line up in or at a local Catholic church on Sunday, May 8th. #WarOnWomen #MothersDayStrike.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/06/nypd-to-send-more-cops-to-catholic-churches-over-roe-draft-leak/ NYPD sends more cops to Catholic churches over leak of Roe’s draft