WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Capitol Police department has launched a review after allegations surfaced that a supervisor ordered a tactical response team to leave the scene of the shooting that left 12 victims and the gunman dead, rather than assist municipal officers.
"I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source told BBC.
Four heavily-armed members of the Containment and Emergency Response Team (CERT) were nearby when the initial report of an active shooter was announced, sources told BBC.
An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department told the tactical officers, who were wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 weapons, that they were the only officers on the scene with long guns and their help was needed to stop Aaron Alexis.
When the CERT team radioed their superiors, they were told to leave the scene, according to the report.
Capitol Hill Police chief Kim Dine has ordered "a comprehensive, independent review of the facts surrounding the Capitol Police's response to the Navy Yard shootings".
"It's a very serious allegation and inference to indicate that we were on scene and could have helped and were told to leave," said Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Gainer, who oversees the Capitol Police department. "It crushes me if that's the case."
WTF?? Hmmm, do I hear echoes of Benghazi? As Holder would say "Never let a crisis go to waste". I just find this whole situation mind boggling. Then the whole thing added with Obama';s "partisan budget speech" within hours of the shooting, then uses the shooting to further the gun control debate.
If this happened, which I hope NOT, but if it did, someone better get FIRED. I'm normally not one to say to fire an officer, but this has cross the line.
Answer by gdiamante at 12:16 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 12:24 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
Answer by 29again at 12:37 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
I'm a terrible cynic when it comes to things like this, so I think I will keep my opinion to myself.
I will share that I am not terribly surprised though.
Also, not a whole lot gets shared or debated here anymore.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:45 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
Answer by gdiamante at 10:11 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
I joined that group and quit. They operate like every other CM owned board. It's chock full of double standards and vitriol. I quit because of that and haven't looked back. It actually reminds me a little of how PCE used to be, but with more double standard than you used to find in the Answers PCE. Part of the reason I left that group. Too many personal attacks and instead of providing many sources, some people just discount the information in a source instead of finding one that gives differing opinions and information.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:06 AM on Sep. 20, 2013
Answer by Dardenella at 5:06 PM on Sep. 20, 2013
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