A video released by the Islamic State on Wednesday hints at attacks on Manhattan, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said that there had been “no credible and specific threat against New York City” and urged people to ignore the video and go about their lives.
Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton reiterated that the footage in the video was old and said that New York had dedicated 527 police officers specifically to antiterrorism efforts.
“The whole effort here is intended to have an effect of inspiration,” he said of the video. “Fear is the oxygen of terrorism. What they’re trying to do is pump much more oxygen into the system.”
The mayor said the night before at a news conference in Times Square – bustling as usual – that the police department “has been working very, very closely with the F.B.I. and our other federal partners.” He repeated, again, “that there is no specific and credible threat.”
The video shows an ISIS fighter saying that the attacks in Paris were just the start, then includes scenes of Times Square and Herald Square.
As the holiday season approaches, “people can feel comfortable coming into this city, enjoying themselves,” Mr. Bratton said alongside the Mayor on Wednesday night.
“Celebrate, be aware, but do not be afraid. The N.Y.P.D. will protect you,” with help from other officials and “the great, great assistance of the residents of this great city.”