Boston, a year later, and not many more answers

posted at 2:01 pm on April 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

A year ago today, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding 264 others gathered at the annual sporting event. Within days, investigators identified the two bombers and Boston ended up in a lockdown while law enforcement tried to capture them. One died in a firefight, while the other finally surrendered after the lockdown, when a local man finally had an opportunity to notice that someone had tampered with his boat in his backyard. Within a few weeks, we found out plenty about Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev — the older brother’s lengthy trip to Dagestan, where Islamist extremists operate, and the FBI missed a couple of opportunities to identify Tamerlan as a threat.

Since then, though, we haven’t heard much about the case. Last week, the Inspector General of the combined intel community absolved the FBI for the missed opportunities, blaming the Russians for a lack of cooperation. Otherwise, the story has been largely static for months, and probably would be today if not for the anniversary. Boston commemorated the attack this morning with a rolling ceremony that emphasized hope and resilience:

On the anniversary of last year’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, this city paused Tuesday to honor those who had been killed and wounded and to demonstrate its defiance and resilience in the face of the attack.

The day began with a 7 a.m. service of “remembrance, reflection and renewal” in the chapel of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of several hospitals pressed into service last April 15 in response to the sudden carnage at the marathon finish line.

Later, on Boylston Street, with bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace,” wreaths were placed near the site of the explosions. Gov. Deval Patrick and other dignitaries stood quietly as Mayor Martin Walsh helped Jane and Henry Richard, whose 8-year-old brother Martin was killed in the bombing, place the wreaths. Jane Richard lost a leg in the explosion; her parents were also seriously hurt. The only words spoken were a prayer from Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. …

The major tribute of the day is to take place at noon at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street, not far from the finish line, where two homemade bombs last year killed three people and wounded more than 260, some of them gravely. Sixteen people had limbs amputated.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak at the tribute, as are Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston and Thomas M. Menino, who was mayor when the bombers struck.

But what about finding more on the Tsarnaevs — their motives, their connections, and how they managed to elude counterterrorism officials? Thomas Jocelyn wonders the same thing at The Daily Beast:

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the months since, many man-hours have been spent investigating the accused perpetrators of the bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. However, a key question remains unanswered: did the brothers have any substantive ties to terrorists abroad?

The extent of the confusion surrounding this basic question is troubling. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder brother, is known to have traveled to Dagestan for several months in 2012. Credible press reports say that he was in contact with extremists participating in the insurgency against the Russian government there.  But the U.S. government still has not provided the American public with a detailed summary of Tamerlan’s overseas contacts. And the press’s reporting does not clarify matters.

Another open question is how the police and FBI handled the manhunt. NBC reports that the police response was strong – too strong, in fact. Police fired so many rounds and in such a haphazard manner that the injuries at the initial gunfight turned out to all be friendly-fire incidents — and while the Tsarnaevs threw home-made bombs at the police, they may have fired as few as ten shots in the entire melee:

In effect, the suspects ended up at the center of a ring of cops on Laurel Street between Dexter and School streets during the 20-minute firefight, and the bullets that were fired at them often hit near the officers on the other side.

“Certainly not a good idea,” said Davis. “They see somebody shooting, so they fire at them. That’s their training.”

Police training dictates that officers consider several key factors when making the decision to fire their weapons. They must assess the danger posed to bystanders, residents and fellow officers, they should know the position of fellow officers and they should stop to reassess the situation if they can, rather than simply continuing to pull the trigger.

But on Laurel Street, rounds flew into parked cars and police vehicles and chewed up fences and trees. A round entered the home of Andrew Kitzenberg on the north side of the street and lodged in a chair. Another ripped through the exterior wall of Adam Andrew and Megan Marrer’s house and landed on their living room floor.

More than a dozen officers suffered minor injuries during the mayhem, but none was believed to have been wounded by the suspects. The only serious wound was suffered by Richard Donohue, a transit cop with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, who was hit in the groin by a police bullet and began to bleed profusely.

The big problem was a flood of volunteer off-duty officers who did not get clear leadership and direction in either of the two standoffs. The second, where the younger Tsarnaev hid in the boat, turned into a one-sided hail of bullets based on a misunderstanding and a lack of direct control:

The commander on scene was able to deploy the tactical team and establish a perimeter, says the report, but his control was only partial because there were so many extra, “self-deployed” bodies arriving. …

At around 7 p.m., a voice on the police radio issued a warning, “There’s a perp in the boat trying to poke a hole in the liner, a perp in the boat. Live party who may be trying to object out, live party in the boat confirmed.”

Tsarnaev was pushing a long, thin object up through the boat covering. The object later turned out to be a fishing gaff, which Tsarnaev may have been trying to use to push up the tarp so he could see out.

But one of the snipers on the roof saw the object and began shooting. It sparked a round of what is known as “contagious fire,” where other officers with their fingers on the trigger began peppering the boat with bullets.

The commander began shouting for the officers to cease fire, but the fusillade went on for 10 seconds. Hundreds of rounds were expended.

In fairness, this was a truly exceptional set of circumstances, and the main goal on everyone’s mind was to stop these two before they could launch another attack. No one knew what the Tsarnaevs had in their car (and they did have more bombs, used in the firefight), or what Dzhokar had in the boat, either. The volunteerism demonstrated by police should be hailed, as they selflessly put themselves in the way of two terrorists. But what this does show is the need to have tight control over armed and deployed forces, even those trained to respond to such crises.

Meanwhile, the younger brother awaits trial, which has been tentatively scheduled for November. It may depend on whether his defense team offers an insanity plea, which would be a big long shot, given the obvious attempts to get away and to fight off the police. Bloomberg News discusses the status of the trial, and also an interesting system put in place for the Boston Marathon and beyond — a surveillance system that constantly looks for “behaviors” in street crowds and mass transit systems:

We eventually might want some answers about that system, too.


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What happened at the marathon was beyond evil and speedbump’s brother should get the DP if there’s justice in this wordl-but there’s still evil going on in MA. Right Now. FREE JUSTINA!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Boston, a year later, and not many more answers

What’s there to know? Islam is at war with the civilized world, and our government – especially those on the left – refuse to recognize this.

Rixon on April 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Bloomberg News discusses the status of the trial, and also an interesting system put in place for the Boston Marathon and beyond — a surveillance system that constantly looks for “behaviors” in street crowds and mass transit systems:

Dangerously close to profiling. Can’t have that!

butch on April 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Boston, a year later, and not many more answers

You’re missing the word ‘terrorism’.

Pathetic.

faraway on April 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

So the NSA isn’t to blame for missing this as they were too busy listening in on everyone else?

The FBI isn’t to blame for ignoring three Russian warnings?

The police aren’t to blame for the Keystone Cop antics?

The Obama administration isn’t to blame for putting Mosques ‘off limits’?

Who’s left? The Russians…yeah, that’s the ticket. It was the Russkies!

sharrukin on April 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Is Rolling Stones magazine at this event…..?

Electrongod on April 15, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I still wanna know about the mysterious “secret Saudi” that the the NCTC issued the 212-3b file on.

listens2glenn on April 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Wait… you’re actually thinking that a government investigation will return recommendations that result in justice via the rule of law?

Have you lost your f*ing mind?

Investigations no longer return results. Organizations don’t change for others, but only protect their own. Justice is in the eye of the Holder. Rule of law is an antiquated concept, in a living-document age. What are you, one of those no-progress people?

/to sarc or not sarc… that is the question.

dominigan on April 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

It’s on all our minds here today, but we’re all going about our business.

dpduq on April 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Police really aren’t too good at organized mayhem… in my state, the local peace officers & the state hiway patrol had encircled an escaped & armed prisoner….circled him in a corn field…& then started a fire fight….one local officer died in the crossfire. He was killed by one of the hiway patrolpersons….

& how does this work, “off duty” Millicents just show up? OK, I get it, they want to get the persons who killed several of their own & killed some of their fellow citizens. But, doesn’t someone marshal them up & assign them to a sector & provide command & control?

jeez -a-Pete….

JFKY on April 15, 2014 at 2:20 PM

What happened at the marathon was beyond evil and speedbump’s brother should get the DP if there’s justice in this wordl-but there’s still evil going on in MA. Right Now. FREE JUSTINA!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on April 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

The volunteerism demonstrated by police should be hailed, as they selflessly put themselves in the way of two terrorists.

Yes.

Watch as they selflessly search for two young men of middle eastern descent who cleverly may have disguised themselves as a family of 5 and dog.

The volunteerism, as you refer to it, was nothing more than a mob with guns and badges. And oh BTW, every one of those volunteers failed to find their man, who was found by a homeowner who noticed something odd about his boat (his property had already passed the inquisition).

For his effort and assistance, the “volunteers” broke every window in his house, destroyed walls, furniture and other personal property in order to get the best firing angle onto the boat. His reward?

He got to fix everything out of his own pocket.

Lesson learned? Instead of calling the authorities, I’ll simply ask the bad guy to leave my property and save myself some money.

BobMbx on April 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The anniversary of this bombing would not be complete without a condemnation of the media as they were dealing with the story.

First there was Chris Matthews who was first out of the gate pinning the bombing on the Tea Party (since it’s Patriot’s Day in MA). Matthews reported an unrelated air conditioner fire at the JFK Library as a second attack because, according to him, Tea Party people despise JFK since he brought about the modern Demonrat party.

Then there was days of empty speculation and flat-out false reporting by virtually every news outlet. Pictures of “the bombers” were released that turned out to be completely innocent citizens. It wasn’t until the media was more responsible that citizen involvement ultimately led to identifying Speedbump and his brother as the bombers.

Then there was the rock star-like photo of Dzhokar Tsarnaev on Rolling Stone’s cover.

Finally there was and is a media denial that this has anything to do with the so-called religion of peace. Radical Islam is virtually non-existent in the coverage of this story.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The NSA is reading millions of emails and recording millions of phone calls but they couldn’t find a couple of dope smoking high school dropouts living off the government? That should make everyone feel safe.

Capitalist Infidel on April 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

That should make everyone feel safe.

Capitalist Infidel on April 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I haven’t felt safe since Reagan left office.

BobMbx on April 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Are you talking about the thing where 2 MUSLIMS set off a bomb at the Marathon in their own personal jihad against America, killed a cop and then terrorized all of the Boston Area?

FYI: The murdered police officer’s name was Sean Collier

reddevil on April 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

At around 7 p.m., a voice on the police radio issued a warning, “There’s a perp in the boat trying to poke a hole in the liner, a perp in the boat. Live party who may be trying to object out, live party in the boat confirmed.”

To be fair, finding Dzhokar Tsarnaev was not the result of good police work. After the day-long lockdown of Watertown ended, a homeowner stepped on his back porch for a smoke and noticed something odd in the winter wrap of his boat. Henry Louis Gates Jr may just have a point about the proficiency of Boston area police departments.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 2:32 PM

But what about finding more on the Tsarnaevs — their motives, their connections, and how they managed to elude counterterrorism officials?

NSA was too busy spying on Tea Party to bother with these two dudes back in the day.

If I were a terrorist, I would make sure my voting record showed me voting Dem all the way and would name my non profit front Liberals for Peace and for the Children. No one would ever bother a front named that, at least not with the current clowns in charge.

Alinsky on April 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

What’s there to know? Islam is at war with the civilized world, and our government – especially those on the left – refuse to recognize this.

Rixon on April 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The only answers they want are ones were Islam plays no role.

Dr. Frank Enstine on April 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

You remember it well, Happy. Some of the more irresponsible, ahem, “reporting” of our time.

Plus-”speedbump”, LOL

JusDreamin on April 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The Commonwealth is a chaotic mess of sanctuary cities, colleges with free sex change options and people screaming “Boston Strong” and relating it to the Red Sox. The place that elects Kennedy members, John Kerry, Barney Frank, Princess Lying Tom-Tom and hates terrorism, whatever that is. This was a crime with no follow-up and people have moved on, as Obama and his Mini-Me governor wants it.

Hening on April 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Are you talking about the thing where 2 MUSLIMS set off a bomb at the Marathon in their own personal jihad against America, killed a cop and then terrorized all of the Boston Area?

reddevil on April 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Two points.

It is up for debate who terrorized the Boston area more. The Tsarnaevs or the police. The finish line of the Boston Marathon is about as photographed as any place on the planet. Yet, for all that, it took days for the police to pinpoint the suspects.

Secondly, a couple of individuals speaking hatred about the United States would hardly stand out in Cambridge. What with Harvard being there and all.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

What’s there to know? Islam is at war with the civilized world, and our government – especially those on the left – refuse to recognize this. are willing and abetting allies of Islam.

Rixon on April 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The left is also at war with the civilized world, as we know it.

hawkeye54 on April 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I still wanna know about the mysterious “secret Saudi” that the the NCTC issued the 212-3b file on.

listens2glenn on April 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Ask Glenn, as he is currently being sued for the crap he spewed about the Saudi.

Also way to go cops! Standing in a circle and opening fire is clearly the most effective way of hunting quails.

antisense on April 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Fine police work on the boat. If the resident hadn’t noticed something the police would have moved on, and the younger brother might have slipped off in the night. When the police were alerted to the boat they converged on the scene as an uncoordinated mob and started throwing flash-bangs and shooting the hell out of it with M16s. As it happen the kid not only didn’t fire on the police, he was unarmed!

Helluva job, Boston.

claudius on April 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

the police response was strong – too strong, in fact. Police fired so many rounds and in such a haphazard manner that the injuries at the initial gunfight turned out to all be friendly-fire incidents

The big problem was a flood of volunteer off-duty officers who did not get clear leadership and direction in either of the two standoffs.

but his control was only partial because there were so many extra, “self-deployed” bodies arriving. …

But one of the snipers on the roof saw the object and began shooting. It sparked a round of what is known as “contagious fire,” where other officers with their fingers on the trigger began peppering the boat with bullets.

The commander began shouting for the officers to cease fire, but the fusillade went on for 10 seconds. Hundreds of rounds were expended

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A number of us followed the police radios live and blogged what we were hearing on here. One of the obvious problems that night was the lack of police coordination – specifically different radio systems and the natural lack of understanding of an extremely fluid situation.

Hopefully, the different police agencies will put in place revised procedures with regard to “self deploying” officers for the following reasons:

1) The number of police personnel “self deploying” could have established a controlled perimeter that would have prevented the younger brother from evading the police after the shoot out.

2) “Contagious fire” is a symptom of EXTREMELY POOR firearms training by the various agencies. This is NOT the fault of the officers but it is a complete failure on the part of the organizations they serve and there is NO excusing it. Your average LEO spends more time learning paperwork requirements in any given year than they do in firearms training. The ONLY upside is the lack of lethality of LEO weapons discharge didn’t result in more injuries or the death of innocents.

3) The “on site supervisory officers” spends more time trying to figure out HIS team’s numbers and deployment, while yet more “volunteers” rush in and make the problem worse, than he does on assessing the risk posed by the suspect and the best means of resolving the situation.

The “overwhelming force” deployed while the suspect was hidden in the boat MUST be acknowledged as completely counterproductive. Thousands of officers spent hours running on adrenaline inside of flak jackets, hard body armor and light armored personnel carriers for ZERO benefit.

PolAgnostic on April 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Two points.

It is up for debate who terrorized the Boston area more. The Tsarnaevs or the police. The finish line of the Boston Marathon is about as photographed as any place on the planet. Yet, for all that, it took days for the police to pinpoint the suspects.

Secondly, a couple of individuals speaking hatred about the United States would hardly stand out in Cambridge. What with Harvard being there and all.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Quite Fair. In fact when I was typing that, I wanted to blast the police. But on a day like today, I’ll defer.

(My bigger points are more that it’s disgraceful that the media will not even repeat the word ‘muslim’ and that Officer Collier’s name was not even mentioned here)

reddevil on April 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

As I understand it the left and the jihadis are allies, right?

claudius on April 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

“If only the terrorists had been on food stamps a few more years maybe they would have learned to love us.”

———- Big Sis’ Incompetano

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viking01 on April 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

So when is Azked coming over to tell us that the Boston Marathon bombing was just a hoax?

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Wow! A lot of hatred for cops here. YOu’d think this was teh DailyKOS or something.

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

How is it “cop hatred” Dethmetal to point out that the police shot hundreds of, needless rounds, & managed to hurt themselves as much if not more than the “enemy?” Or to point out that after locking down Boston, the Millicents didn’t discover Gamelan but a citizen? Or that all the self-deployed Millicents made the final scene more chaotic rather than less?

JFKY on April 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I know it’s awful, but watching Dzhokhar run the stolen car over Tamerlan makes me smile.

Roy Rogers on April 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Wow! A lot of hatred for cops here. YOu’d think this was teh DailyKOS or something.

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Good cops: “Pete Malloy”, “Jim Reed”, “Andy Taylor”.

These are standards to use when judging those who sworn to protect and serve.

Its not “cop hatred”, as you call it. Its a visceral disappointment in large groups of buttholes who call themselves “police officers” but act more like “gangs with permission”.

BobMbx on April 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Wow! A lot of hatred for cops here. YOu’d think this was teh DailyKOS or something.

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Not everyone is fan of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LrbsUVSVl8#t=267

I think ‘Hate’ is a big strong.

reddevil on April 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

In part, what the circular firing squad in the “shootout” and the “contagious fire” incident at the boat show is that all these “highly trained” gooberment law enforcement types, when the SHTF, aren’t necessarily better at such things than a picked citizen posse would be. I would be very surprised if the couple dozen people I would first think of to round up into a posse would end up in a circular firing squad.

I’ll probably get jumped on for this, but I just don’t get this “Boston strong” thing. The reality is that unless you were within X feet from the blast, the biggest danger a citizen faced was either being trampled by fellow citizens getting the heck away from the blasts or being accidentally shot by a hyped-up over zealous cop. Certainly several, perhaps many, of the bomb victims have shown absolutely stunning resilience and optimism and their individual strength and resolve is courageous and inspirational, however, 99.995% of the citizens weren’t injured at all.

Terrorism’s goal is to cause fear and change behavior through asymmetric warfare. These 2 muslim kids caused over 4.5 million people to hide in their homes, forced gov’t to spend millions looking for them and instigated a further loss of personal freedom through enhanced gov’t surveillance of local daily life. Most of us have trouble just getting our dog to sit or our kids to clean their room. These 2 unknowns by themselves got 4.5+ million people to change their behavior for a couple days and effected their daily lives for the foreseeable future. They won.

Taking all emotion/patriotism/etc out of it and just looking at it as an armed attack on people in a city, they were quite successful for very little time or money. All the chanting of “Boston Strong” will not change the cower-in-place order from local authorities or the stupidity, property damage or fear-mongering by law enforcement and local officials. That so many apparently think that local citizens showed some sort of great resolve in all of this, apparently on par with someone surviving the battle at the Alamo, shows a great disconnect. Not surprising considering the liberal bastion in which it took place and the MSM, but it still gives me a big SMH/WTH.

deepdiver on April 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

But what about finding more on the Tsarnaevs — their motives, their connections, and how they managed to elude counterterrorism officials?

Here, for the first time, I will reveal the sooper sekrit method they used to elude counterterrorism officials.

They walked up to the officials and said “Hey! I’d like to blow a bomb up in your city, or something like that! Because I hate you!”

And the officials replied “Now run along you, we haven’t got time for your nonsense. Call us back when you’ve bagged a few, nobody’s gonna take you clowns seriously before that. Now go away, we’ve got to go listen to Mrs. Lovelady’s phone down at the rest home.”

Tom Servo on April 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM

In part, what the circular firing squad in the “shootout” and the “contagious fire” incident at the boat show is that all these “highly trained” gooberment law enforcement types, when the SHTF, aren’t necessarily better at such things than a picked citizen posse would be. I would be very surprised if the couple dozen people I would first think of to round up into a posse would end up in a circular firing squad.

deepdiver on April 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

This.

It isn’t “cop hatred” – as some have suggested – to point out the poor judgement, behavior, tactics and lack of effective coordination that the LEO’s demonstrated in many aspects of this incident.

Yes, cops have a tough job and do put their lives on the line. But the ability to “be brave” isn’t an excuse for acting stupidly.

If the folks involved in training said LEO’s have half a brain at all, they will be using the hours of video available to correct some of these rather visible deficiencies.

climbnjump on April 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Shocking and quite disgusting. Here was an opportunity for America and especially Boston to reach out to Muslims and atone for white privileged, Progressive Bostons alienation of these youths. Their dream was to come to America to share and spread the beautiful message of Islam and they were crushed by constant microaggression and forced to lash out mindlessly and without responsibility for their actions. Shame on Boston.

BL@KBIRD on April 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

The big problem was a flood of volunteer off-duty officers who did not get clear leadership and direction in either of the two standoffs.

No, the big problem was that none of them could shoot worth a darn.

Dusty on April 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

The police and all should have all been on six foot aluminum stilts. The circular tactic would have appeared innovative if some what perp depriving.

BL@KBIRD on April 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Speedbump & Shipstain.

First one is already burning in hell, may his little brother join him soon.

BTW, Speedbumb died as a result of Shipstain running him over in his hasty exit from the shootout at the OK coral in Watertown.

D-fusit on April 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

In fairness, this was a truly exceptional set of circumstances, and the main goal on everyone’s mind was to stop these two before they could launch another attack.

Oh, for God’s sake, it wasn’t a truly exceptional set of circumstances at this point. Schnoz was stuck in the boat and he was not about to launch another attack from the boat.

I can’t believe we’ve got another case of excuse making. How many god damn times are we going to go through this “no one is responsible for their actions if they’re a government employee” act? So what if they had brought in a million off duty volunteer cops. The million weren’t at where Schnoz was spotted but they idiots aren’t supposed to let half a million line up to take shots. It’s absolutely absurd. We’ve got a government filled with incompetents and, in the case of law enforcement, leading mostly gun-happy nutjobs and thugs.

Dusty on April 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

More than a dozen officers suffered minor injuries during the mayhem, but none was believed to have been wounded by the suspects.

This is false. Officer Simmonds, who tragically passed away on duty last week, suffered head injuries during the shoot out after an explosive tossed by the terrorists landed near him. In the coming weeks it will be curious to hear whether that had an impact on his tragic death, believed to have been caused by a brain aneurism last week.

eski502 on April 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Wow! A lot of hatred for cops here. YOu’d think this was teh DailyKOS or something.

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Oh please! Every break the cops got was by chance and/or citizen involvement. The clear pictures of Speedbump and Dzhokar came days after the attack when the police finally released blurry pictures of the suspects who placed those bombs next to children. Only then did somebody in the crowd find pictures he took that day that could be used for public awareness. Far too long.

The shootout with college security and transit policeman was happenstance.

Dzhokar was only found when a guy who had been cooped up in his house all day stepped out for a smoke and noticed his boat’s winter wrap looked funny.

Boston PD and surrounding forces deserve credit for much of what they did in the immediate aftermath around Copley Square. But for getting the terrorists- they deserve some criticism as well.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I’m glad the city officials had the guts to say a prayer in public on this day.

PattyJ on April 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Will speedbumps memorial be halal?

BL@KBIRD on April 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Shelter in place.

Murphy9 on April 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The commander on scene was able to deploy the tactical team and establish a perimeter, says the report, but his control was only partial because there were so many extra, “self-deployed” bodies arriving. …

There’s a recipe for disaster.

slickwillie2001 on April 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

As I wrote almost a year ago, one week after the manhunt and capture of the one living perpetrator, “Be the Boston of 1775, not 2013.”

allanbourdius on April 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Boston, a year later, and not many more answers

What did the wife know and when did she know it?

So when is Azked coming over to tell us that the Boston Marathon bombing was just a hoax?

DethMetalCookieMonst on April 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Ha! That one has yet to find a conspiracy he didn’t believe.

rukiddingme on April 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Boston reminded me of the New Orleans sniper case of December 1972- January 1973, culminating in the daylong siege at the New Orleans Howard Johnson’s on 7 January. In the end, the assailant, Marx Essex, killed nine people and wounded thirteen others.

What is less well known is the number of police personnel injured by “friendly fire” during the HJ standoff. At one point NOPD officers attempting to force Essex to come out of the air-conditioning “blockhouse” on the hotel’s roof were mistaken for the perpetrator by other officers circling the building in a USMC CH-46 SeaKnight helo, and came under fire from two M-60 machine guns.

The major problems were lack of coordination, lack of intel, and most of all very poor training in the control of tactical situations.

According to Major John Plaster in his book The Ultimate Sniper, the New Orleans case plus the earlier Austin, Texas sniper attack were largely responsible for the genesis of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) units being formed at all levels of U.S. law enforcement. The purpose being, as Plaster put it, to “end the situation with a single, precise shot”.

So, here we are, four decades later, in Boston, with… New Orleans, 1973 all over again, on a citywide scale.

Somehow, I have to question whether all the SWAT training, equipment, etc. that taxpayers have footed the bill for in the interim has actually been worth it. Considering that in the crunch, it seems that the upper echelons of BPD somehow managed to forget all their procedures, and consequently lost control of the situation until the younger Tsarnaev was apprehended almost by accident.

It isn’t just the rank-and-file in BPD that need serious remedial training, IMPO. The command structure needs some refresher courses, as well.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 15, 2014 at 11:15 PM

The aftermath of the Boston bombing with the keystone cops antics, shutting down the entire city of Boston and most of its immediate suburbs for three days over two criminal bobmbers, the fact that the police and intelligence organizations couldn’t find their butts in broad daylight and only found these guys through citizen volunteered information, and the parade the people threw for their keystone cop tormentors and add up to the most despicable act of Amerikan cowardice and incompetence I have ever witnessed.

The entire spectacle was sickening.

earlgrey on April 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM