Two unnamed U.S. officials have told the Associated Press that the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings was unarmed when police captured him hiding inside a boat in a neighborhood back yard.
report contradicts the Boston police department's own account of
Dzhokar Tsarnaev's capture on Friday - after commissioner Ed Davies
described a firefight between him and officers before the terror suspect
The New York Times also said an M4 rifle had been found on the boat - another claim contradicted by the latest revelations.
had originally said they had exchanged gunfire with Tsarnaev for more
than one hour Friday evening before they were able to subdue him.
<But on Wednesday, the law enforcement officials told the AP that no gun was found aboard the vessel.
Oh, just effing wonderful. What else are they going to turn out to have lied about by the time this is over?
From another article:
Although police feared he was heavily armed, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing had no firearms when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat where he was hiding, according to multiple federal law enforcement officials.
Authorities said they were desperate to capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev so he could be questioned. The FBI, however, declined to discuss what prompted the gunfire.
I'll give you three guesses.
Law enforcement officials described the 30 minutes before the arrest of Tsarnaev as chaotic. One characterized it as “the fog of war” and said that in a highly charged atmosphere, one accidental shot could have caused what police call “contagious fire.”
Which translates to 'a bunch of people with military arms shooting because everybody else was'. Which translates to 'lousy training and self-control'.
Considering this, it's lucky as hell they didn't kill some innocent citizens while kicking doors, screaming, and dragging people out of their homes.
But fear not!
“Law enforcement was placed in an extraordinarily dangerous situation,” said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson. “They were dealing with an individual who is alleged to have been involved in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. As if that’s not enough, there were indications of a carjacking, gunfire, an ambushed police officer and bombs thrown earlier. In spite of these extraordinary factors, they were able to capture this individual alive with no further harm to law enforcement. It was a tremendously effective outcome under dire circumstances.”
I will let you go over that one yourselves; my bullshit meter just pegged out.