The NYPD is capable of shooting down planes, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly revealed on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.
Kelly told interviewer Scott Pelley that “in a very extreme situation” the NYPD could take down an airplane. He described a .50 caliber rifle that can be attached to a police helicopter and used to fire at oncoming aircraft.
The weapon could blow through a brick wall, according to the New York Post.
But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that even a weapon that powerful could not have prevented the Sept. 11 terror attacks. “It certainly does not mean 9/11 wouldn’t have occurred,” Bloomberg said at a Midtown press conference.
He added that the NYPD “has lots of capabilities you don’t know about, and you won’t know about them.”
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Kelly also detailed about 2,000 cameras deployed throughout Lower Manhattan. The cameras are intended to record suspicious behavior or catch people leaving packages, whether harmless or intended for terror. “We’re a city that’s been attacked twice successfully,” he said. “No other city has had that.”
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