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Brookfield increases police presence at places of worship after reports of a suspicious man

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BROOKFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Brookfield police say they're increasing patrols at places of worship after a report of a suspicious man at the Sikh Religious Society. 

The man visited the society located south of St. James Road and Calhoun around 1:13 p.m. on Sunday.

He was reportedly asking worshipers questions about service times and the number of people who attend.

Police say he asked the same questions at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. The society says they're concerned about an uptick in white supremacist violence. 

"Given the incidents of white supremacist terrorism that's occurring in our country right now, folks have been on edge about making sure that we're secure as a building, given that we're a target for that sort of terrorist activity," said Mushir Hassan, Coordinator of the Safety and Ushering Committee at ISN. 

Officers found the man as he left the Masjid Al-Noor Mosque on Pheasant Drive near Underwood Creek. The man told police he was "curious about different religions" and was cooperative with the officers' questions. 

The man was identified and released without being charged with any crime. 

Information about the man's visits has been shared with other municipalities and the Southeastern Wisconsin Threat Analysis Center.


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