NYC police commissioner: US should be aware, not fearful

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Posted: Dec 11, 2015 10:42 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's police commissioner says his department must be responsive not only to potential terrorist threats, but also to the public perception of those threats.

Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday, William Bratton said that he understands Americans are worried about threats from the Islamic State group and other extremists. He cites the shootings in San Bernardino, California; the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic shooting; and the attacks in Paris.

But he says some of that worry is compounded by presidential campaign rhetoric.

Bratton and John Miller, head of the department's counterterrorism unit, say New York is safe to visit.

Bratton says he wants Americans to be aware of the threats but not fearful.

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This story has been corrected to show the San Bernardino attack involved shootings, not bombings.