New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told his city not to be intimidated by a new ISIS video released Wednesday that hinted at attacks on the Big Apple. The NYC mayor said Thursday that there had been “no credible and specific threat against New York City” and told people to simply ignore the video and continue on with their lives.
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton reiterated Mayor de Blasio’s message on CBS This Morning Thursday, adding that the video was outdated. He said that New York has 527 officers dedicated specifically to antiterrorism efforts, New York Times reports.
“The whole effort here is intended to have an effect of inspiration,” he said. “Fear is the oxygen of terrorism. What they’re trying to do is pump much more oxygen into the system.”
The mayor backed him up at a conference the night before in Times Square regarding police efforts. He said that the police department “has been working very, very closely with the F.B.I. and our other federal partners.” He added, again, that “there is no specific and credible threat.”
The video includes an ISIS member claiming that the attacks in Paris were only the beginning. It also showed some scenes of Times Square and Herald Square.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” de Blasio said Wednesday night, The Associated Press reported. “New Yorkers won’t live in fear, and people should continue to go to work, live their lives and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
The police commissioner ensures people that they should rest easy. Bratton said alongside the mayor on Wednesday night that “people should feel comfortable coming into the city, enjoying themselves,” as the holiday season approaches.
“Celebrate, be aware, but do not be afraid. The N.Y.P.D. will protect you,” with help from additional officials and “the great, great assistance of the residents of this great city.”
This warning message comes just one week before NYC will be flooded with visitors attending major events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.