Police Commissioner James O’Neill on Wednesday admitted that he’s been shuttled around “three or four times” on the NYPD’s $4 million, federally funded spy plane and defended the use because he’s “busy,” the NY Post reports.
The top cop also said he was never once aboard the Cessna 208 Caravan for the counterterror business it is intended for. “Me on a counterterror mission? No, that’s not my job,” he said at an unrelated press conference. The police commissioner has a very busy schedule, as you might appreciate. Sometimes to get to different places, we need to do it quickly.”
O’Neill last flew aboard the plane to attend the funeral of 29-year-old state trooper Nicholas Clark in western New York on July 8. “I went to the state trooper’s funeral to pay my respects,” he said.