Wichita law enforcement step up in light of antisemitism
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Senator Roger Marshall, Wichita Police Chief Joe Sullivan and members of the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation came together Friday morning for a roundtable discussion regarding safety concerns among the Jewish community.
One member said after reading a book about the growth of militant Islamic groups he is becoming worried.
“Now I kind of see things a little bit different,” said one member.
Local congregations routinely have security in place when meeting and Chief Joe Sullivan said federal and state investigators are monitoring the situation.
"We work very closely with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, KBI, the Kansas City Highway Patrol, I don't think there's a day that goes by that we don't have some type of a joint operations so we're experienced and responding together," said Sullivan.
Senator Marshall said he is surprised at the amount of antisemitism he has seen recently. Marshall said no one has the right to make others feel threatened and feels strongly that the Wichita community feels safe.
He added that he has led a fight in congress to get stand-alone funding for Israel and adds that as a community, standing by Israel during this time is needed.