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Davis weighs in on Sochi security threats

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Former Police Commissioner Ed Davis said despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise the Olympic games will be safe, he's not convinced.

After new reports that four women—called “black widows”—might be targeting the games and the surrounding events with suicide bombings, security is tighter than ever.

“If someone is intent on killing themselves and wants to bring people with them and they're working alone it's almost impossible to stop,” Davis said.

Putin has brought in a “ring of steel,” or about 40,000 police and troops for security purposes.

Davis said that this wouldn’t matter if somebody was already inside Sochi.

“If they've been planning for a year or for months there may be people already there.”

Concerns over threats coming out of the North Caucasus region have hit close to home, since these are areas where the alleged Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly have familial ties.

Boston’s former top cop said that he would feel safe going to Sochi, but wouldn’t feel good about his family attending.

“To be honest with you I would not let my family go. I would advise my family against going there,” he said.

Davis also spoke about security surrounding Boston’s potential bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. While he stated that security would be tight, he does not foresee a threat like the one in Sochi.

“We are probably better suited than any other place in the country to work in this coordinated fashion,” Davis told a special commission studying the feasibility of hosting the international game.


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