Navy Yard shooting: Swat team awaits answers
The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC.So, let me get this straight. In the middle of an active shooter scenario, the SWAT team was told to ... cool their heels? The folks best equipped and trained to deal with an active shooter were sidelined in favor of, what, exactly? Officers on the scene were overwhelmed and asking for help, and the response was to tell the SpecOps guys to stand down? Really? Every small town in America has a SWAT team at the ready that gets used to serve parking ticket subpoenas, yet when there's a shooting incident in gun-free Washington DC the rapid response guys are sent away?
Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision.
And why are we hearing about this through the BBC? I would think that the tactical tommies being told they weren't needed while people were getting killed would be big news, no? I'd sure hate to think that the media is deliberately sandbagging this story because it makes the police - who they will not hesistate to tell you to call rather than carrying a firearm, mind you - look inefficient and clownish. We won't even go down the rabbit hole of wondering *why* on earth the SWAT team wasn't used during a mass shooting in Washington DC.
It's really hard to listen to President Obama tell us that "something must be done" when we can't and won't use the tools that are already in place. Police in several different locations reported dealing with Alexis in the months and years leading up to the event, yet he was never declared ineligible to own firearms - or even losing his security clearance. When the shooting started, the people best equipped and trained to handle it were specifically told not to engage - on what planet does this make sense? It's difficult to believe that petty politics or internecine squabbling led to unnecessary delays in police response that might have cost lives.
Too many questions that will most likely never be answered - except for more calls for gun control...
That is all.