(FOX 11) - SkyFox over the Emmy’s red carpet on Sunday showed a massive area completely sectioned off. On the ground, LAPD officers were keeping security tight for the 6,500 guests attending the show.
"Of course we are always concerned that it may be a target of some kind, but we deploy accordingly," Capt. Jonathan Tom, Los Angeles Police Department, said. "We’ve had this plan in place for several weeks and the plan has not been modified in light of what happened on the East Coast."
Tom, who is in charge of security for the Emmys site, said the plan includes controlling access to certain areas around the Microsoft Theater.
Roads were closed for at least two blocks around the perimeter.
Figueroa was completely shut down from Venice Boulevard to Olympic Boulevard, and officers were stationed on nearly ever corner.
"They are all over, it’s complete coverage," Kristi Clyde, Los Angeles resident, said. "There’s three to four guys to every city block or street."
The increase in police presence comes on the heels of a terrifying weekend on the East Coast. An explosion Saturday night in lower Manhattan injured 29 people when an intentionally planted device detonated.
In New Jersey, a pipe bomb went off during a 5K run for Marines.
And a man claiming to a soldier of the Islamic state stabbed nine people at a mall Minnesota.
The FBI is now investigating links to terrorism in these cases.
“We’ve gotten updates on how their investigation is progressing and as far we know there’s no intelligence that suggests that we are a target,” Tom said.
But that doesn’t mean police don’t want people to be vigilant.
With two high profile events happening at the same time - the Emmy’s and the Ram’s first home game at the Coliseum - law enforcement wants anyone in the area to stay alert.
"I’m not concerned there is certainly a lot of security out here, emergency vehicles and police presence," Lewis Schlesinger, who is visiting the Convention Center, said. "I’m not concerned at all or else I wouldn’t be here."
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