2 months, 3 weeks ago
A newly released report by local authorities details the response of law enforcement following the Boston Marathon bombings.
The full report is available here.
The report says that during the early morning shootout in Watertown on Friday, April 19, 2013, the first officers to arrive “practiced appropriate weapons discipline while they were engaged in the firefight with the suspects.” But it added that “additional officers arriving on scene near the conclusion of the firefight fired weapons toward the vicinity of the suspects, without necessarily having identified and lined up their target or appropriately aimed their weapons.”
After the firefight, one officer fired upon plain-clothes officers in an unmarked Massachusetts State Police vehicle that was wrongly reported as stolen, according to the report, which also cites lack of weapons discipline by law enforcement during efforts to apprehend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev when he was hiding in a boat behind a Watertown home.
Via WRSA, WeaponsMan also has an analysis of the report. But focus for a moment on these takeaways from the report. First, “officers arriving on scene near the conclusion of the firefight fired weapons toward the vicinity of the suspects, without necessarily having identified and lined up their target or appropriately aimed their weapons.” This is very serious, with LEOs shooting wildly at nothing and everything, innocent victims in danger of being shot, and LEOs held completely guiltless in the lack of discipline, even if they had killed someone.
Second, the officer who shot at the vehicle violated Tennessee versus Garner in that he didn’t make the shot in self defense. If you or I did someone like that we would be in prison today. And the sadly ignorant, “sheeple” public trusts the LEOs and fears peaceable concealed or open carriers. It just boggles the mind, honestly.