- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Participants in this weekend’s Twin Cities Pride festivities can expect to see an increased police presence, including more officers on horseback, bicycles and more K-9 unit patrols.

Police are ramping up their visibility after the June 12 mass shooting that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The Minneapolis Police Department says those attending events in and near downtown Minneapolis will see “a noticeable and visible increase of uniformed officers.”

Chief Janee Harteau says in a statement that this level of police presence is “unprecedented.” She says she wants to ensure everyone feels and is safe.

Twin Cities Pride activities continue through the weekend. Events on Saturday and Sunday will center on Loring Park. A parade is scheduled for Sunday down Hennepin Avenue.



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