BOSTON, MA – Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis talked with Fox & Friends on Tuesday about the decision to disband Boston’s SWAT team.
This is the same team that was responsible for the capture of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 2013.
“The thing I worry about is the special expertise that these officers have in the SWAT team.”
Without the team, that expertise is gone also, such as how to enter subway cars for maximum effect and safety.
The reasons? The team hasn’t been used in several years and it is expensive to maintain. Given diminishing resources that could be used on more urgent needs, it makes sense in the context of an analysis of the history of the department.
The police department in nearby Framingham made a similar decision in 2013.
That team had the additional complication of an accidental fatal shooting at the location of a 2011 raid that drew criticism from the victim’s family and the community. Keeping that in mind, the expense, and how rarely the team was used, they decided to give up their SWAT team.
To be sure they were covered in an emergency, they made an agreement with the state to send in a nearby SWAT team if needed – possibly from Boston. But that team is about to go away also.
There are other SWAT teams in Massachusetts to go to, as long as they aren’t disbanded also.
In the context of the history of the last couple of months, there are some new issues to consider. First, riots in many cities around the country, including Boston, suggest the need for SWAT teams, whether for local use or to assist nearby regions.
Second, the experience, once lost, cannot be recreated on demand. It will take time and training. Even if funding is provided at a later date, there will be a delay before new teams are trained, equipment updated, and facilities allocated.
Last, the cities that seem to need the SWAT teams the most are the ones that are least likely to use them, thus increasing the need while simultaneously reducing their ability to deal with it.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh, for instance, has pledged to defund Boston police by at least $12 million, or 20 percent of their overtime budget.
A decision like that might make more sense if we all lived in Utopia, a place where crime has been eradicated, and Marxist agitators like Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Fascist groups like Antifa aren’t manufacturing fake racist incidents as a pretext to incite nationwide violence and rioting.
The urge to save money by disbanding an expensive but unnecessary luxury makes sense, but only if it really is unnecessary.
Disbanding Boston PD’s SWAT team is like getting rid of all the smoke alarms in a building because they haven’t gone off yet, and they haven’t gone off because elected officials have removed all the batteries.
That is what we are seeing with riots around the country: a need for law enforcement that exceeds normal demands by several orders of magnitude.
Elected officials would have us believe we need less law enforcement, for fear we’ll antagonize the criminals destroying our cities.
No. We need more law enforcement to eradicate the violence, prevent harm to our cities and citizens, and punish the offenders.
As Americans, we have the right to free speech and assembly but not the right to commit crimes while doing it. Moreover, the real danger isn’t police or SWAT teams, but cowardly mayors, governors, and other officials who would rather capitulate to criminal demands than defend the people that elected them.
We know that the police are ready and willing to protect and serve, but what about city leadership?
Based on recent events, it doesn’t look like it. What those officials desire, based on recent behavior, is to coddle favor with the enemies of law and order.
The mere fact that any of them have contemplated defunding police departments in their regions should be enough to consider impeaching the mayors in question.
The fact that several cities have already voted to defund police departments should make impeachment of those public officials responsible an absolute necessity if peace is to be restored.
Forget “defund the police”, how about “Defund the Mayors”, like Bill DeBlasio in New York City, Marty Walsh in Boston, Ted Wheeler in Portland, Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, Jenny Durkan in Seattle, and others.
A U.S appeals court just vacated the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
BOSTON, MA – This is absolutely insane. It makes you wonder if the rule of law is dead thanks to liberal judges.
In 2013, a day which began like many others, showing promise and hope for many people, including those who made it to the Boston Marathon.
Athletes who trained and competed for several months, or in some cases, years, to be able to compete in one of the most storied marathons in the world lined up in anticipation to finish the race.
That fateful day held anything but hope for those that lined up because two terrorists had different plans, to kill and maim as many people as possible because of their radical beliefs in Islam.
That day, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother detonated bombs which killed several people, including a child and left several others severely injured. In the manhunt that followed, Tsarnaev’s brother was killed in shootout with police and he in custody.
Trial was held which ultimately led to several convictions for Tsarnaev’s crimes and a death sentence, until today when an appeals court overturned the decision. United States Appeals Court of the First Circuit Judge Rogeriee Thompson vacated the death sentence imposed at Tsarnaev’s trial this afternoon while leaving the life sentences in place.
In Thompson’s ruling, he states that he believes that the Tsarnaev jury may have been prejudiced by the media coverage of the bombing. He also felt that the prosecutors in the case did not do an adequate job in ensuring that potential jurors had not seen or read any of the coverage on the case.
There were also claims of misconduct that he also did not believe were investigated to her liking. Thompson wrote:
“These reports may reflect realty, but the media’s emphasis of these topics carried a significant risk of disturbing potential jurors’ impartiality.”
Part of the issue with the jurors was presented in arguments in 2019 b Tsarnaev’s lawyers, stating that social media posts were made by two of them before the trial.
The person who would become the foreperson had posted over a dozen tweets after the bombings, once in which he referred to Tsarnaev as a “piece of garbage.”
Thompson wanted to ensure that, to spite the vacating of the death sentence and firearm convictions that “Dzhokhar will remain confined in prison for the rest of his life, with the only question remaining being whether the government will end his life by executing him.”
The vacating of the sentence does not mean that the government cannot retry the sentencing phase specific to the death penalty at a later date.
The death sentence was given and imposed in 2015 after he was found guilty of the heinous crimes he committed with his brother. Tsarnaev admitted, through his lawyers, that he was guilty of the crimes charged, however, said that he would not have committed them if it were not for his brother who radicalized and pushed him to do so.
The bombing killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu. Over 280 people were injured as a result of the bombing.
After the bombing, both brothers went on the run as police quickly worked to identify them as being responsible for the bombing.
While they were on the run, MIT Officer Sean Collier was sitting in his patrol vehicle and was shot and killed by Tamerlan Tsarneav before they were pinned down by police.
Tamerlan was ultimately shot and killed during that shootout while the younger Tsarnaev hid inside a boat that was in the backyard of a private residence. He was ultimately located and taken into custody.
Although the government has the ability to retry the death penalty sentencing phase, there is no indication as to if that will happen or not.
There’s a lot that’s stunk about this case since the beginning. Let’s flash back to this report in November:
Suspect details triple murder with Boston bombers right before he’s shot by the FBI
It’s been more than six years since the Boston Marathon Bombing and a frightening amount of questions still linger. But now we may finally be getting some answers.
While many were focused on the events of the tragic day, there was some evidence that suggested that one of the bombers had a murderous past BEFORE the bombing took place. Now, new developments have just appeared that dig into the lives of the Tsarnaev brothers.
Here’s the background before the updates: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is one of the Boston Bombers. He’s currently on 23-hour a day lockdown awaiting his death sentence, but his attorneys are trying to keep him alive.
His taxpayer-funded defense points to the still unsolved murder of three young mixed martial arts fighters in Waltham allegedly committed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Ibragim Todashev on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
The attorney wants to spin that by saying that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was afraid of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was eventually shot by police and then run over and dragged to death by his brother Dzhokhar while they were on the run.
Well, after months of seeing whether anything would come from the information that Dzhokhar may have regarding the murder is now taking shape. Details about a grisly triple homicide at a Massachusetts residence in 2011 are coming to light, according to a report from WFSB News.
NEW DETAILS: Newly revealed documents detail Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's involvement in a 2011 triple homicide in Massachusetts. https://t.co/40zjPhQvEa
— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) November 17, 2019
A friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev admitted to taking part in a home invasion that turned into a triple murder when interviewed by the FBI following the race-day horror.
But then things get strange. The only other person that had admitted to the murders, Ibragim Todashev, was shot and killed during an 2013 interview with law enforcement.
Federal court documents were filed this past Wednesday in connection with a pending appeal by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan’s younger brother, and Boston bombing co-conspirator, of his conviction and death sentence. The oral arguments are slated to begin on December 12 of this year.
Todashev was shot dead by a Boston FBI agent in the weeks after the marathon bombing — his last words a hand-written blood stained confession about the triple slaying he did with Tamerlan. Though the FBI has repeatedly denied it, rumors are still circulating that suggest Tamerlan was an FBI informant.
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While being questioned on May 21, 2013, roughly a month after the attack in Boston, Todashev said he and Tamerlan bound, beat and slit the throats of three young men in the Massachusetts city of Waltham, according to a heavily redacted FBI affidavit filed Wednesday.
An FBI special agent noted in the report that “He said that he and Tamerlan had agreed initially just to rob the victims.”
The name of the agent was blacked out on that portion of the affidavit.
BOSTON BOMBER BOMBSHELL: New details reveal one of the men was already a killer before the attack – and is now implicated in a gruesome triple murder. pic.twitter.com/lYohilWuV0
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) November 18, 2019
Tamerlan had apparently wielded a gun to gain entrance to the home of the now slain men, and both Tamerlan and Todashev had stolen several thousand dollars from the residence.
According to Todashez, Tamerlan “decided that they would eliminate any witnesses to the crime,” according to the document.
The affidavit says that Todashev added that he and Tamerlan put forth efforts to try and wipe the crime scene down in order to remove any traces of either of them being there, apparently spending more than an hour doing so.
While the FBI was interviewing Todashev, their discussion was cut short as Todashev allegedly tried to attack the FBI agent while at the Florida apartment, resulting in him being shot by investigators there.
Todashev’s account documented in the FBI affidavit sheds light on Tamerlan’s alleged criminal history and use of violence years before he and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev set off two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013.
The bombings sparked a manhunt that shut down the city for days and also resulted in the brothers later killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. Later that evening, the duo had stolen an SUV the two were chased by police.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, whom is suspected to be involved in the mentioned murders, died in an explosive firefight with police in nearby Watertown. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested a day later and convicted for his role in the bombings. He was sentenced to death in 2015.
According to Meghan Fox, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney, the investigation into the Waltham murders is still open and ongoing.
After six years of apparent investigation, unanswered questions still linger.
What about when the FBI and the CIA got warnings about the Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 that he was communicating with dangerous radicals in Dagestan? Tsarnaev was on two terror watch lists when he went to Dagestan in the months before the Boston Marathon bombings to talk to those radicals in person.
When Tsarnaev “beat feet” as one Congressman described it out of Russia in July 2012 no one stopped him from reentry into the US via Boston despite the terror listings. Within weeks the FBI told immigration officials that they saw no problem that should prevent Tsarnaev from being naturalized [despite a 2009 arrest for slapping his then girlfriend that made him ineligible].
Tamerlan and his brother, Dzhokhar, who was a citizen, unleashed the Boston Marathon attack four months later, killing four people, wounding 260 others, among the critically injured 17 amputees.
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