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September 18, 2013

What? SWAT Team Ordered to Stand Down Rather Than Assist Municipal Officers Trying to Stop Aaron Alexis' Deadly Rampage, BBC Claims

I saw this story minutes after I did the Chipotle piece, but didn't want to stomp myself.

But now you Dicks!!11! are talking about it, so here you go.

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 said senior officials were investigating.

...

"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.

I'm doubtful. I sort of wonder if this isn't a mistake in the timeline (i.e., they were told to stand down because Aaron Alexis was already down).

I have to say I am really wondering what the hell the reasoning would be here.

If this is some bullshit like "the locals wanted the takedown," oh man. Oh man.

Video: I think this is a video report from a local DC station.

Thanks to Tasker.


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