The arrival of an anti-Muslim advertising campaign in New York City subways on Monday has prompted the NYPD to increase security throughout ten stations where the controversial ads have been posted.
According to The New York Post, the department has quietly deployed additional police officers at stations with the 46- by 30-inch ads, contrary to prior reports denying the NYPD would be adding any extra security measures.
The MTA initially rejected the provocative posters--which read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad"-- but a federal judge ruled the campaign was protected by First Amendment rights, forcing the MTA to reverse its decision.
The ads are financed by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Executive director Pamela Geller dismissed fears the posters could stir acts of violence similar to protests seen in response to the film "Innocence of Muslims."
"I’m appalled at the fact they can use the term ‘savage’ so easily, categorize the whole Muslim world under the word ‘savage,'" a subway rider told The Post. "It’s disheartening something like this would actually go up."