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On a day which saw a potentially dangerous pro-gun letter intercepted prior to reaching the president, and on the heels of a similar correspondence having been sent to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Bill Bratton to share his incomparable brand of professional insight and perspective.
Formerly the top cop in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, Bratton shared some of the conclusions he's drawn regarding the goals of the malicious mailer:
"It's intended, I think, to attract publicity which it certainly is, intended to potentially intimidate, but quite clearly the president and the mayor are not going to be intimidated by it," he told Piers Morgan. "Ricin is probably one of the worst ways to try and kill somebody. So, I don't see it as a real threat in the sense of an actual capability to kill. But rather, to intimidate, and attract publicity."
As part of Thursday's primetime interview, the 65-year-old known for his zero tolerance policing style expressed concern at the ways in which the digital age has made it harder to contain those wishing to do harm:
"The internet, the social media, if you will, has changed the complexity of what law enforcement has to deal with relative to potential threats," said Bratton. "People I'm sure that are watching these newscasts are going to go rushing to their computers, look it up, and see that there's instructions on how to make it [ricin.] It just makes it much more complex for law enforcement."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Bratton further explains the dangers created when "wanna-bes" use a never-ending supply of information to intimidate and cause fear.
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