Officials continue extra patrols at Duarte organization linked to inflammatory film

DUARTE — Sheriff’s officials Thursday continued sending extra patrols to a Duarte nonprofit which produced an anti-Muslim film blamed for a fatal attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya earlier this week, but reported no problems at the facility.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station began conducting additional patrols at the Media for Christ building, just south of the 210 Freeway, Wednesday after it was linked to the the film, “The Innocence of Muslims.”
“There hasn’t been any activity at the location, other than a few news cameras,” Lt. Ignacio Samoano said.
But deputies were continuing to keep an extra eye on the building due to it’s connection to the controversy, he added.
The film’s negative portrayal of the the prophet Mohammed is blamed for inciting protests at U.S. embassies in countries including Libya, Egypt and Yemen.
Killed in an attack Wednesday at the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with three other Americans.
Authorities said the facility had taken out permits for to make the film in 2006. The movie was filmed in Santa Clarita, but produced at the Duarte-based organization.
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