Killeen, Texas – Killeens police are urging the public to be vigilant when it comes to the spread of online hate speech, in light of the deadly shooting of a black man in New York City.
Police are urging people to report hate-related activity to the Killean Police Department, via Twitter.
The hashtag #StandWithKilleen is trending on Twitter and on Facebook, with thousands of people sharing photos of themselves holding signs reading #StandAgainstHate and #StandTogether.
Some have also used hashtags #KilleansLoveAndFamily, #LivesMatter, #Kesha, #MyFamily, and #MyMood to call out the police department.
The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, according to the Associated Press.
Killeens Police Chief Paul Killeans Facebook page said the department is monitoring social media, and that any officer who witnesses an incident that could be interpreted as hate crime will be asked to report it to them.
Chief Killees office is asking the community to be alert to hate crime reports and follow up with the department as soon as possible, Killeanes Facebook page stated.
In response to the tragedy, KPPD has increased the number of officers on the streets of Killeene, and have asked for all citizens to wear masks while in the streets.
Officers will continue to wear protective clothing, carry guns and other items as well as patrol the streets and at night, according the police chief.
There is no specific target for KPD officers to target, but officers will wear masks and are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to them, according KPDF Chief Killeas Facebook page.
Anyone with information is asked to call the KPD Homicide Bureau at 254-739-5131.