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18 September 2013

Stand down...

Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene

One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday's shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.

A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.

The Capitol Police department has launched a review into the matter.

Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

"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 familiar with the incident told the BBC.
Assault weapons ready
A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and had a valid pass and security clearance allowing him entry to the highly secure building in south-east Washington DC.
About 8:15 local time (12:15 GMT), Alexis entered Building 197, headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command, which builds and maintains ships and submarines for the Navy, and opened fire.

Armed with a shotgun and a pistol he took from a guard he had shot, he sprayed bullets down a hallway and fired from a balcony down on to workers in an atrium.

He fired on police officers who eventually stormed the building, and was later killed in the shootout.
Multiple sources in the Capitol Police department have told the BBC that its highly trained and heavily armed four-man Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) was near the Navy Yard when the initial report of an active shooter came in about 8:20 local time.

The officers, wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 assault weapons, arrived outside Building 197 a few minutes later, an official with knowledge of the incident told the BBC.

RTWT here.


If this is true, wouldn't it make whomever gave the order to "stand down" an accessory to murder?


Jester said...

It should, but you and I both know that officers and the superiors seldom pay the price for their mistakes in the way those under them do.

I could be a bit mistaken but was the call to hold them to protect the worthless politicians? Could that have been a factor? Throw everyone else out we must protect the officials?

I do want to see a full investigation in to this, but I doubt the media will follow up with such discrepancies, instead choosing to blame a weapon system that was not even used. That is what investigative journalism gets.

Or what it really is is sensational journalism.

This whole situation smells of utter incompetence every step of the way.

Blue said...


The magazines you find at the super market checkout are more credible than the MSM these days. The MSM are a bunch of political hacks.

Brock Townsend said...

Great find.

Jester said...

I have a hard time telling those magazines apart these days but it seems the gossip rags have a better chance of getting something right.

I hold all of the common media complicit in this. Sadly there is enough of us out there to point out that, golly there sure was not an AR 15 used in this event. But even the media that we supposedly can say is somewhat reliable won't even know enough to state other wise. Simply because anything that looks like a long gun is now an AR-15/AK-47. Even when something as simple as a shot gun is now claimed to be so.

Wait, could it be that since the media calls everything an assault weapon that every time something happens its automatically reported/assumed by anyone that sees/hears/speculates on it that it is an assault weapon?

This single event should fully illustrate all the falsehoods about everything we have seen.
But there are too many out there that will follow what is convenient to them, after all the media/.gov is always right and is never involved in a scandal or a mistake right?

This does make me wonder what I've been remiss in following since there was an AR-15 shotgun out there I was unaware of.

I should find such a weapon system though I think that the AK platform is a bit more proven for that particular use being that there already are such systems in place.

Angus McThag said...

It's not like he had a dog with him.