Motorcycle backfiring causes mass panic in Times Square

Panic erupted in Times Square late Tuesday, coming on the heels of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
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I want to continue this conversation with air deter ski. It's interesting times we're living in now because people are now in naming this you know they say you can't address a problem. Until you name it for what it is we're saying domestic terrorism caused by a white supremacist and some in most instances. Especially in El Paso in Gilroy California so that's what to win and less than a week's time and it. It speaks to the frequency of these kinds of domestic terrorism cases in the country. There are now more than 850. Opened domestic terror cases that the FBI has been dealing with. And yet it's treated differently under the law then say international. Terrorism involving crisis and al-Qaeda. And they need had similar roots and causes we've disaffected. Violent prone young men who are spending an awful lot of time on line. Finding some kind of justification. For their anger. And a reason to act out. And that's part of the reason why of late we've seen a push to maybe treat domestic terrorism the same way we treat international terrorism to give the FBI a little more leeway. Before we gonna something different I just want to ask you like how the U. Treats domestic terrorism it's such a big difficult issue. Yes in his First Amendment concerns right now if if the FBI here's somebody talking about something or if there's rhetoric. Alarming. Though it may be that's not enough. For the FBI took to open a case they know there are First Amendment concerns and so it may take a piece of legislation. Two to open up some avenues but that's a slippery slope to and so it's something for the country to talk about so. I wanna talk to about this because with all of this happening in our country people are definitely on edge not just the people in the communities where it happened. And there was an incident in New York City last night. Right in Times Square the crossroads of the world feeders coming in letting out and there are. Motorcycles a group of motorcycle us that rev their engines causing a back fire and instantly. People in Times Square take that from gunshots in you can see on your screen. How people react and and almost instantly people running for recover. And and stand heating take to get out of the way. And you can see the tables and chairs there they in Times Square 42 street and seventh avenue toppling over. And the fire department says that they treated. Nine different people they transported. Several of them to the hospital thankfully for minor injuries. But it speaks to how. Jittery people are when they hear a noise now. The instant thought is not oh that's a motorcycle backfiring it's something else. And maybe a gun that is terrifying the seat. I mean that's very close to where we are now in just the idea walking through the city and then people just erupt in the panic. The good news is police knew right away when it was they were able to get out on social media. That this was just a motorcycle I was in Times Square last night actually I saw the aftermath of all the counterterrorism officers who were right there anyway. Because that's something else the posture of police is to be closer. To where crowds gather so that if something does happen like in the entertainment district in Dayton. They can respond. Within seconds though sometimes sentences facilitate. It's too late yes. Well this is an ongoing situation. Unfortunately but air theater ski appreciate. All of the information.

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