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Los Angeles police conduct realistic counter terrorism drill in downtown today!
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06/07/2013 11:56 PM
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Los Angeles police conduct realistic counter terrorism drill in downtown! Why we have only had 1 attack in 10 years and it was from a bomb!
[link to www.washingtonpost.com]
OS ANGELES — Gunfire echoed through downtown and law enforcement helicopters swooped low among office towers Thursday, but it was all a drill as the Police Department’s counterterrorism unit demonstrated a response to a weapon-of-mass-destruction threat.
The late-morning demonstration began with an explosion of flash grenades, officers firing blank ammunition at pretend suspects, and police rappelling out of a county Sheriff’s Department helicopter and onto a hotel bridge on Figueroa Street.
A red pickup truck carrying a barrel drove onto the scene shortly after, presenting officers with the challenge of neutralizing an improvised explosive device in the center of a highly populated area.
The drill was planned in conjunction with the National Homeland Security Association’s conference at the Bonaventure Hotel and was conducted by the Police Department’s Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.