Sunday, April 5, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Watered-Town Report

Hey, they are the ones that released it on a Friday afternoon:

"Report close on officer’s shooting in Tsarnaev clash" by Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff  March 19, 2015

After almost two years, law enforcement officials say they are close to completing an investigation into the near-fatal shooting of a police officer at the scene of a chaotic and violent confrontation between police and two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The shooting may have been a case of “friendly fire,” witnesses said in 2013.

That's because in the state of lockdown martial the place was under with however many cops from however many agencies being on hair trigger alert (that is why Collier was executed), when they heard or thought they heard a shot they all opened fire like in the movies -- and I've reached the point were I am believing that is what it was. 

To me -- and I'm only speaking for myself, I'm not presenting "evidence," whatever that word means now, I'm just offering my deductive analysis on what I think really happened -- I think the FBI feds already had the kids in custody. They executed the older one (probably because Tamerlan was more strong-headed than his kid brother, with a little dose of protectionism in him) and then dumped that kid in the boat in the backyard while the city was "sheltering in place."

Or you can believe the lying at worst, distorting at best propaganda pre$$. Your choice.

A written report on the shooting is expected to be completed within two months, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement released Tuesday in response to an inquiry. 

Try two weeks. 

What is with the deception at all levels of government anyway?

Ryan said the findings of her office will be disclosed “as a matter of public record.”

The "official cover story," such as it is.

“The report will include information such as police interviews, witness statements, and ballistic results,” Ryan said in the statement.

Ryan’s announcement came after testimony in the ongoing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted in the Boston Marathon bombing, provided some details of the confrontation between police and Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, in Watertown in the early morning of April 19, 2013.

Related: The Defense of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 

Don't start with me!

On Monday, witnesses testified about the heroic efforts to save the life of the grievously wounded Richard H. Donohue Jr., an MBTA Transit Police officer. He was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene after police stopped the Tsarnaev brothers, who were in a carjacked sport utility vehicle.

However, there was no testimony about who fired the shot that felled and nearly killed Donohue, severing his femoral artery and causing him to lose so much blood that doctors were momentarily unable to find a pulse.

He was brought back from the dead! Another Marathon miracle!

Witness accounts strongly suggest that Donohue was shot by a fellow officer during the hail of gunfire unleashed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he made a getaway in the SUV near the corner of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street, the Globe reported in a story published on May 7, 2013.

The extraordinary battle in the early morning darkness involved at least a dozen police officers from four departments exchanging up to 300 rounds of gunfire with Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan, the Globe reported. 

So the report is basically what the Globe reported?

Officers and residents testified Monday that the brothers also set off explosives in the residential neighborhood, including a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the ones used in the attack at the Marathon finish line.

What color was the backpack?

Jane Dyson, who lived 140 feet from where Donohue was shot, said in 2013 that she saw the police officer collapse and fall to the ground near the end of the gunfight as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sped away. She said the officer appeared to be a victim of “friendly fire.”

“A black SUV appeared, and rapid gun fire was focused on the vehicle,” Dyson wrote in a statement provided to the Globe within days of the shooting. “It appeared to me that an individual at the corner [of the street] fell to the ground and had probably been hit in the gunfire.”

It would later become apparent that the bombing suspects were no longer armed when Dyson saw Donohue fall. Two witnesses support Dyson’s account.

The wounding of Donohue was the most serious of three possible accidental shootings on that occasion. Another MBTA Transit Police officer was slightly wounded, while the third incident involved damage to a police vehicle.

Dyson said this week that she was interviewed by State Police shortly after her account was published.

A State Police spokesman said at the time that no matter what the investigation concludes, it will not take away from the bravery of officers who put their lives on the line.

I know, I know, we all have to bow and worship those who then put the boots on our necks. Really weird culture looking at it from the outside. Has a 1944 Nazi Germany feel to it.

“Considering the chaos on those dark streets, where a pair of homicidal terrorists were firing shots and throwing bombs at police, the fact that friendly-fire incidents may have occurred detracts nothing, not one bit, from the valor and heroism of the officers and troopers who caught up to them that night,” State Police spokesman David Procopio said in 2013.

Just sieg heil and shut up!

Procopio declined to comment this week, citing the ongoing trial.

When interviewed a year ago, Donohue said he did not want to discuss the possibility that he was hit by a fellow law enforcement officer.

“Everybody’s an expert, you know?” he said. “In the grand scheme of things, mission accomplished. And that’s all I have to say.”

He's not a very good crisis actor.


"Report on Marathon bombings response delayed again" by Jeremy C. Fox, Globe Correspondent  March 26, 2015

I was told within two months; it's only been a week.

A long-delayed report examining the preparedness and performance of public agencies in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings will be delayed at least a little longer, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.

“We’re starting to get 2015 Boston Marathon stories going, and we felt at this time it probably wouldn’t be advantageous,” MEMA spokesman Peter Judge told WGBH Radio. “It might take away from the positive stories around this year’s Marathon. So the decision has been made to wait until after this year’s Marathon goes forward.” 


(Blog editors head and shoulders slump) 

It would be bad public relations so we aren't going to release it now!

The review is being conducted by TriData, a division of Virginia-based System Planning Corp. The report was previously scheduled to be released by March 1, 2014, but was delayed as its scope expanded....

Mine just contracted.


And the state authority LIED?

"Bombing response was ‘great success,’ but problem areas cited" by Brian MacQuarrie and Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff  April 03, 2015

A state report released Friday called the overall emergency response to the Boston Marathon bombings a “great success,” but revealed that some police officers fired recklessly in the Watertown shootout with the suspects, and that officers were deployed chaotically in the ensuing manhunt.

(See slump comment above)

The first officers who confronted the Marathon bombers acted appropriately, the 130-page report said, but a swarm of police who followed often failed to identify their targets before firing. The cascade of gunshots created dangerous crossfire during two intense encounters, according to the study.

“Weapons discipline was lacking by the multitude of law enforcement officers in the field,” the report said.

Still a "great success."

The report did not address the question of who fired the shot that nearly killed Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue Jr.



Edward F. Davis, who was Boston police commissioner at the time of the bombings, also acknowledged that law-enforcement officers had fired their weapons too often in Watertown.

Don;t they always?

He's going to be in the movie, or the sequel, whatever.

“Clearly, the number of rounds that were fired were problematic. But you find that as a very common problem in any kind of a military situation,” Davis said Friday. “Firearms discipline is something that we need to improve our training on. There’s no question about that.”

You're excused.

Davis said reports such as the one released Friday are helpful, but that “when you go back after the action and you’re slowly picking apart everything that happened, it’s easy to point to inefficient and kind of inappropriate use of things.”

The old 20/20 is hindsight bit.

Firefights, he said, are chaotic by nature.

“The truth of the matter is that officers under fire are doing the best they can under a bad situation,” Davis said. “Regardless of what this report says, these officers who responded to these scenes acted heroically and above and beyond the call of duty.”

As if we are going to get that from them!

Despite the confusion in Watertown, the report praised the coordination among law-enforcement agencies and the relatively quick identification of the bombers.

The report also praised the medical system, organized under the leadership of the Boston Athletic Association, which ensured that police and emergency workers could quickly treat and transport the injured in the bombings. All of the 60 critically injured patients taken to hospitals survived.

The report also said the reopening of Boylston Street after the explosions was “extremely organized,” a testament to strong planning by the city of Boston. That planning has been fortified in the last two years with lessons learned from the bombings, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said.

Doing a good job, Brownie!

Rene Fielding, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, said Boston now operates an emergency command center on Marathon Day. In 2013, the city activated a command center only after the bombings occurred.

The report originally was scheduled to be released in 2014, but it was held back to conduct more work. However, some of its findings were shared with various agencies at that time.

And now released before the running of the race (on a Friday) so that it falls out of coverage quickly.

A Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency spokesman said last month that officials would release it only after this year’s Marathon, which is on April 20, because the agency did not want to detract from the race.

So he.... deceived us all?

The Globe filed a public records request for the report on March 16 and, after that was ignored, appealed March 27 to the governor’s office and the office of Secretary of State William F. Galvin, which enforces the public records law.

Oh, I see. Didn't want to battle the Globe that long. It would look bad!

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who was named to the city’s top police job several months after the bombings, said Friday he welcomed the report but that the department already had studied its response to the bombings.

“We’re in the profession a long time. We didn’t need this report to tell us. We always self-examine our practices,” he said. “It was a great effort by everyone. We aren’t perfect. We learned from our mistakes.”

State Police spokesman David Procopio also said his agency had already adopted many of the recommendations in the report.

So it was really more a 9/11 cover-up-type commission, huh, with its "recommendations."

Thomas Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, said the study has resulted in improvements.

“Public safety and security last year were increased significantly, and it appeared to be done in a way that was not obtrusive,” Grilk said. “From what I could see, there was a splendid balance of security and maintaining the nature and character of a day of celebration.”

Meaning no attack this year! Right?

The study, which cost $419,252, was chaired by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, working with the Massachusetts State Police, the MBTA Transit Police, the state Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts National Guard, and officials from Boston, Cambridge and Watertown.

Half a million bucks to come up with a cover story that the cops say they didn't need anyway as this state stares at a $2 billion budget hole? Wow.


Look who is drying it out for us:

"Police training should reflect findings in Marathon bombing report" by The Editorial Board  April 03, 2015

Almost every page in Friday’s much-anticipated state report on the response to the 2013 Marathon bombing tells Bostonians what they already knew: Police acted heroically in tracking down the bombers, and the region’s emergency medical professionals showed astonishing skill in caring for the wounded. Still, it would be the ultimate rebuke to the Tsarnaevs if law enforcement agencies can learn from the experience of pursuing them how to become safer and more effective in the future.


Hindsight, of course, is perfect, and everyone in Boston remembers how tense those hours were. But undisciplined shooting, in the middle of residential neighborhoods and with other officers in the crossfire, must be avoided. Two of the report’s recommendations stand out. Police need more weapons training.

Especially with all that ever-increasing military surplus gear being given them by the Pentagon.

And, crucially, “it must be part of police training throughout the state that in complex, large incidents or multiple incidents, an officer does not respond unless requested by an official with the authority to make such a request.”

Nobody can fault the officers who voluntarily reported to a dangerous situation in order to help catch a terrorist. 

'course not!


But what!?


RelatedExcerpts from the Marathon bombing report

Also see:

Watertown neighborhood recalls night street became a front line
Tsarnaev trial turns to bullet-riddled Mercedes
Watertown gun battle detailed at Tsarnaev trial
In Watertown, one brother’s decision led to death of another 

That's the "narrative," anyway.

Sunday's flow:

"After the breakfast, Walsh spoke briefly to a reporter about Friday’s Boston Marathon report. He said he will be meeting with the police commissioner to review the report in detail to identify protocol that would warrant fixing. Walsh said “what happened at the Marathon April 15 — they just weren’t expecting that.” 

Except THEY WERE! There were confirmed drills for that day!

Based on the report and police precautions in place at two Fourth of July celebrations since and last year’s Marathon, he is “very comfortable, very confident” police could capably handle a similar situation today."

Gee, that's kind of cryptic.

After breakfast they put on some music:

"Boston police join teens at open mic night" by Evan Allen, Globe Staff  March 15, 2015

Raucous cheers went up the moment Kenneth Grubbs raised the microphone, and as he swayed with the beat of the music, cheers turned to screams and teenagers flooded the stage to dance with him.

Grubbs, a big bearded man with a joyous growl of a singing voice, is not just an epic stage presence: He’s a Boston Police Youth Services officer who has been on the force for 30 years.

“Boston Police up in the building! Holla! We them boys — we makin’ noise — Woop, woop, woop, woop!” rapped Grubbs, who had decided at the last minute to freestyle, and was now raising the badge hanging from a chain around his neck in time with the surging bass. “One, two, three!” he bellowed, and the kids on stage let out another “Woop, woop, woop!”

The Youth and Community Open Mic Night hosted Friday by the Center for Teen Empowerment drew about 25 police officers — from gang unit members in plain clothes to command staff in full uniform — and more than 100 teenagers to Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. The goal: showcase talent, have a blast, and bring Boston cops and teens closer together.


Teen Empowerment is a youth organizing and social change program that trains young people as community organizers, and Friday’s open mic night was the latest in a series of events designed to improve relations between youth and police....

Too often, said 17-year-old Tiarra Perez, who has been with Teen Empowerment for a little over a year and who emceed Friday’s show, interactions between police and teenagers are tense because neither side views the other as being like them. But bring both sides together for an open mic talent show, and suddenly everybody is hugging, clapping and posing for pictures....

Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya! Kumbaya, my Lord, Kumbaya!


I will be looking for the peace conference coverage after April 25. 

In the meantime, what they are talking about over at the mosque is the incident that is strangely  forgotten -- I guess because it was about guns, not religion (says the Jew).

Also see:

"At the corner of Dudley Street and Brook Avenue, Allstate agent Abner Joseph, 52, said he could see the victim on the ground but did not witness the shooting because most of the front windows were covered. “It’s not safe at all,” Joseph said of the area. “I had a lot of customers coming in, but now they don’t want to come in. It’s bad for business,” he said. Authorities could be seen scouring the area in pouring rain for more clues, and the streets were roped off by bright yellow police tape. Many neighbors and people inside local shops popped their heads outside to see the commotion. No one, however, seemed to know what had occurred. Police worked to clear the scene around 6 p.m. as a heavy rain fell. Yellow tape was pulled down, and cars began to move."

Time for me to, too.

RelatedDA adds suspect in bystander’s death


Went off the beaten path a bit for this:

"It seems clear that these are federal troops practicing control of the population which is being stripped of the constitutional right to hold government accountable. The pointless lockdown of Boston and its suburbs and the gratuitous house to house searches, a martial law exercise clearly prepared prior to the Boston Marathon Bombing, used fear created by the bombing, possibly a false flag operation, to teach the population compliance with, and acceptance of, martial law. The insouciant American population went along with it. If someone points out how they were manipulated, the fools scream «conspiracy theorist».


I doubt I will be running many Marathon articles this year because of the "tyranny of the terrain," if you know what I mean.