Why do we have to get the straight news from the British Press following our major crises? Yet another scandal is about to erupt in the ranks of our law enforcement – and I’m not talking about rank and file Secret Service Agents hiring prostitutes. I haven’t seen anything in our major media about this one yet. I’m talking about some rotten decision-making in the upper echelons o f the Capitol Police Department that may very well have cost lives at the D.C. Naval Yard shooting.
With thanks to Drudge, the BBC News online is reporting that a Capitol Police Department CERT team, analagous to a SWAT Team, was on the scene as Aaron Alexis was firing on the responding D.C. Metro Police – and shooting civilian victims. The battle was in progress Asked for assistance by the D.C. Police, the fully armored and armed CERT Team was reportedly ready to enter the premises and engage Alexis during the shootout.
According to the BBC, an as yet unnamed Capitol Police Watch Commander unbelievably denied the requests for assistance. His officers had the body armor and the high-powered rifles. Which is why the D.C. Metro Police asked them to help in the firefight. That Watch Commander reportedly ordered his troops to stand down – to leave the scene of an in-progress mass murder.
So, they left, following their orders, as the killing went on.
And the lying has already begun to cover this one up. From the report by Debbie Siegelbaum:
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.
Whether or not some lives could have been saved is a matter of speculation. That a team of highly trained fully equipped and armed police officers was given an order to abandon their fellow officers, and unarmed civilians in mortal danger from an armed assailant, is cause for outrage – and a thorough investigation. Wait. There’s more.
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.According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC’s main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.
When the Capitol Police team radioed their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.
And now the lying, denials and obfuscation by the upper echelons begins:
Several Capitol Police sources who spoke to the BBC asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.
Capitol Police Officer Jim Konczos, who leads the officers’ union, said the Cert police train for what are known as active shooter situations and are expert marksmen.
“Odds are it might have had a different outcome,” he said of Monday’s shooting and the decision to order the Cert unit to stand down. “It probably could have been neutralised.”
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”.
The Capitol Police Board responded by establishing what it called a “Fact Review Team”, led by Michael Stenger, a former assistant director of the US Secret Service.
Earlier, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt Kimberly Schneider said its officers had “offered and provided mutual support and assistance at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday”…
Really? Who’s telling the truth here?
…Gwendolyn Crump, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, which protects the city of Washington DC, said allegations that a Capitol Police Cert team was on scene and later stood down were “not true”.
Ah. So, it never happened. I feel better now. Let the double-speak begin. Bring on the administrators and the lawyers. Bet me that, if this turns out to be true, that Watch Commander will get a promotion?