NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says another terror attack against the city is imminent.
“The reality is … in this world we live in, it’s not a matter of if, it’s always going to be a matter of when,” Bratton said on John Catsimatidis’s “The Cats Roundtable” radio show in a segment that aired Sunday.
“And that’s the tragedy of the world we live in today and the country that we are fortunate to live in at this particular time.”
He added that the NYPD is “significantly beefing up” security for the Gay Pride Parade in the wake of a terror-inspired attack at a gay nightclub in Florida last week.
“In New York, we celebrate difference,” he said, adding that there were “no significant threats” against the city’s parade.
But Bratton said the city remains “the No. 1 terrorist target in this country and maybe in the world.”
Bratton said the NYPD has studied terror attacks and mass shootings around the world and has developed new units that can respond quickly and with the right equipment, including long guns, to save the lives that he said are usually lost in the first 5 to 7 minutes.
“The concern is that they’re occurring much more frequently and are becoming much more deadly because of the type weapons being used,” Bratton said, calling assault rifles “weapons of war.”
He pointed out that the city has added two units to handle potential attacks – the Critical Response Command and Strategic Response Group – and that many of the city’s new 1,300 cops were being assigned to the units.
“We cannot let fear dominate our lives,” he said. “We can’t let fear start dictating loss of freedom that we enjoy.”
In the Florida attack that left 49 clubgoers dead, Bratton said he believed Omar Mateen was inspired by ISIS but that “there were also other things going on in that young man’s life.”