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Jokar Was Only 400 Yards From Abandoned Car

From Bloomberg News:

Boston Manhunt ‘Missed the Boat’ as Police Skip Street

By Kathleen M. Howley & Michael McDonald | April 30, 2013

Sue Lund lives about five blocks from where police engaged in a wild shootout April 19 with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects and about eight doors down from where the one who escaped alive was found 18 hours later.

Yet, during the all-day manhunt, she said police never searched her Franklin Street home or garden shed in Watertown, Massachusetts. Ten other neighbors had the same story and said they didn’t know of any homes that had been searched on Franklin, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered by someone on the street about 30 minutes after an area lockdown was lifted.

“A lot of people’s lives were put in danger because someone in charge wasn’t doing his job,” said Lund, 61, as she stood on the wide front porch of her Victorian house. “People could have been killed because after the lockdown ended everyone came streaming out of their houses and suddenly we were in a combat zone.”

It has been more than a week since police were hailed as heroes in Boston, eliciting cheers and hugs in the aftermath of the death of one suspect and capture of the other in the April 15 bombing that killed three and injured 260. As more details of the bombing and the subsequent search for Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar emerge, some residents and officials are expressing skepticism about the police work…

How did hundreds of police who descended on the town fail to find a 19-year-old, who was unarmed and shot, lying under a tarp on a boat in the backyard of a house about 400 yards from where he had abandoned a car after fleeing the scene of the firefight?

We have been wondering why we were never been told how far Jokar was found from his abandoned car.

Authorities initially said Tsarnaev was found outside the 20-block area that was supposed to be subject to the most intensive part of the manhunt, including searches of the inside and outside of every house. Edward Davis, Boston’s police commissioner, last week said that in fact, the younger suspect had been found inside that zone.

David Procopio, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police, said it remains under investigation whether the yard and boat at 67 Franklin St. in Watertown where Tsarnaev was found had been searched earlier on April 19…

While the FBI is overseeing the bombing investigation, the search in Watertown was done under joint direction of the state police and local police with assistance from numerous other local departments, said Procopio, who declined to identify those who oversaw the search of the area.

“A very detailed action report will be completed to assess and evaluate that day’s operations,” he said…

It’s pretty safe to say that the neighbors would have known if the area was searched.

“It’s awful that some defenseless, unarmed man had to find the bomber, when the people with the guns and all the protective gear couldn’t find him,” said Jaime Pepper, 27, who ran to her basement after authorities started firing…

“No one disputes that the police and soldiers who searched for the bomber are heroes — they put their lives on the line for us,” Pepper said. “I just wish they came down our street.”

Lund, the fellow Franklin Street resident, said she appreciates the hard work and bravery of the police and soldiers involved. Still, failing to search her block means someone wasn’t doing his or her job.

“With the helicopters and the Humvees and the soldiers and the police working all day to find him, all they had to do was search our street,” Lund said. “They missed the boat.”

In fact, the authorities dropped the ball so many times in this case, they seem to have been dribbling.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Jokar Was Only 400 Yards From Abandoned Car”

  1. I see the Boston Goon Squad Goat-Cluster as an exercise to see how well Americans have been programmed to obey.

    Turns out in Boston, they’ll kneel down and take it.

  2. yadayada

    I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords


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