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NY police chief vows to take down planes if needed

(People's Daily Online)

08:31, September 26, 2011

The top policeman in New York vowed to shoot down planes in time of emergency if the planes were flying to its landmark buildings.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Commissioner Ray Kelly tells CBS' "60 Minutes" news program that after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade twin towers, he decided the city couldn't rely on the federal government alone.

Kelly set about creating the NYPD's own counter-terrorism unit. He said the department is prepared for multiple scenarios and could even take down a plane.

Kelly didn't divulge details but said “obviously this would be in a very extreme situation.”

Other measures include sending NYPD officers abroad, using radiation detectors and creating a network of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.


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PD User at 2011-09-2758.68.145.*
Is the NYPD armed with artillery or anti-aircraft missile?
wende at 2011-09-2771.251.47.*
If this statement comes from China, US will say this is excessive force that kills innocents as well. Police in New York City use pepper spray on demonstrators. What says human rights organization?
PD User at 2011-09-2658.68.145.*
This is outrageous for city police to consider shooting down a civilian plane.

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