Borgo posted this in the 27 thread...
So ends what is possibly the second most improbable week in Boston history. A lot of people tonight are relieved, happy, in some cases proud. Not just in New England and the Northeast but across the country. Justifiably so. Still, IMO, just as important is how we process and respond to this week's events in the days and months ahead.
The people of Boston standing as a wall to block the Westboro Baptist Church's access to the funerals of the 3 dead yesterday. Sang God Bless America while standing there.
I was deployed to the Allston-Brighton area on the Watertown border. It was surreal seeing the literally hundreds of different police agencies all there for the same thing. There were so many cops that we became a part of the landscape…DEA agents one corner, cops from Barnstable (from Cape Cod) on another. The only time I did a double take was seeing the occasional (non support) civilian who dared to venture outside. Every once in a while when there was a moment of down time you’d give a nod to a cop/fed from another agency as you crossed paths. Nothing was usually said as it didn’t have to be. I never met 99% of the cops/feds before that day as you’d need to live 200 years before that would be possible. The nod said it all…acknowledging the common purpose that we were going to get that motherf-cker at all costs. I’d like to say I was directly involved in the apprehension but I was not, in fact my assignment was far from that location. The assorted tactical units took the forefront there but simply knowing I played a part, however infinitesimal, made all the BS I’ve experienced over the years worth it.
The unrelenting sense of purpose encapsulated in those mutual nods is something I will never forget. I felt every emotion over the past few days. My relief and euphoria is tempered by the fact I will soon witness a devastated family grieving at the funeral for their beloved 26 year old son.
FOX reporting that he has two gunshot wounds. One of them is to the head/neck area.
Couldn't draw it up any better than that. Shot in the facial area and still alive.
All agencies worked together and were successful but hey feel free to make sure you inject the typical NYPD arrogance into the thread. :rolleyes:
I think the BPD did an excellent job but those bombs don't go off in NY. The terrorists know the surveillance in Manhattan is among the most advanced in the world. Once someone puts something on the ground the cameras notice it and lock onto them and can follow them for miles. Very few soft targets left in Manhattan. Pretty much the only way a terrorist would succeed is if he was wearing a vest.
Hopefully the BPD learns from this and models their counter-terrorism efforts after what the NYPD has done. FBI will be obsolete.
How is I think you look suspicious to I don't, profiling. That's just doing a job correctly.