Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?

NYPD Could ‘Take Down A Plane’ If Necessary, Commissioner Says

Pelley: “Are you satisfied that you’ve dealt with threats from aircraft, even light planes, model planes, that kind of thing?”

Kelly: “Well, it’s something that’s on our radar screen. I mean in an extreme situation, you would have some means to take down a plane.”

Pelley: “Do you mean to say that the NYPD has the means to take down an aircraft?”

Kelly: “Yes, I prefer not to get into the details but obviously this would be in a very extreme situation.”

Pelley: “You have the equipment and the training.”

Kelly: “Yes.”

A necessary ability in today’s world, or an example of the further militarization of the police?

I don’t know the answer, but that article sent a cold chill down my spine.

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[Source: NPR article, retrieved 9/26/11]

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  1. more likely an empty boast

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  2. I am with BFD… That souns like catering to the public and likely has absolutely nothing more substantial behind it than a group of NYPD officers shooting into the air with their assault rifles “patrol carbines”.

    And if the Chief really did authorize the purchase of a MANPAD or something, some auditor somewhere needs to rip him a gigantic new one…

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  3. Ah. Looks like he’s been listening to the Brady Bunch, and thinks he can take down an airliner with a .50 caliber sniper rifle.

    Never forget, city police chiefs are more politician than cop.

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  4. I’LL SAVE U FROEM TEH SCARRY PLAN – I’LL SHOOT IT DOWNE WIT THS HEAR SNIPERIN RIFFLE

    Seriously, what kind of idiot let this clown out in public?

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