NYPD Has the Means to Shoot Down Planes

09.26.11 Bucky Turco

With its international network of operatives, CIA-managed intelligence divisions, and paramilitary units, the NYPD at times, looks more like a military force than a police department. And that was before we found out they can shoot down planes.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly divulged their capabilities during an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, but said it would have to be an “extreme situation.” Ya think?

CBS News’ Scott 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.

He went on to say that after 9/11, NYC can’t rely on the federal government for protection, although you’d assume the NYPD would need their authority before taking out an aircraft.