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Antonovich salutes armed forces on bin Laden's death

Posted: May 4, 2011 1:00 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 1:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - At a news conference with Sheriff Leroy Baca, local and federal law enforcement officials at the County Emergency Operations Center, Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich issued the following statement regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden and the County's terrorism prevention effort:

"I would like to extend gratitude to the brave men and women of our nation's armed forces who killed Bin Laden, the mastermind behind 9/11 and leader of al-Qaeda. This was a great accomplishment for America and the World.

"Nearly a decade ago, I was in Washington D.C. when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked causing a devastating loss of life and prompting our nation's declaration of war on global terrorism."

"In those tragic events and during the nation's darkest moments, we saw true heroes emerge. We must never forget that more than 3,000 civilians, law enforcement, and fire personnel lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Last night, justice was served but the war is not over.

While we will continue to work with our Sheriff's department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that our County is prepared to prevent and respond to any threats, we encourage the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual activity to local law enforcement or visit or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

If you see or hear something, say something."


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