Skip to comments.Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene
Posted on 09/18/2013 11:00:32 AM PDT by kristinn
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.
Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
"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.
A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and had a valid pass and security clearance allowing him entry to the highly secure building in south-east Washington DC.
He entered the building about 8:15 local time (12:15 GMT) and opened fire. He was later killed by police who stormed the building.
But 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 assistance in searching for the gunman.
When the Capitol Police team radioed in to their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.
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Valerie or David?
Obama needed a disaster so he could implement gun control by execturive order
stock up on ammo
look on youtube for ways to have underground storage (PVC pipe)
Again, we get our real news from the UK.
The Pentagon helps al Qaeda.
The DO”J” weaponizes narcoterrorists and
defends terrorists with every ounce of taxpayer $$$$.
The borders are left deliberately open.
20,000 criminal illegal felons are set free.
The NSA ignores the Boston Terrorists and the TSA
ignores they have no passport.
The State Dept covers up the Benghazi Atrocities.
And now SWAT is told to stand down while the USN
is disarmed and (like with Hasan) SLAUGHTERED.
This is NOT coincidence.
Man, you know it!
Benghazi stand down equivalent.
Let Servicemen die.
or rahm a lahma dingdong
Just when you think things could not be anymore f’d up.
Highly secure Building ?? RIIIIIGHT. No magnetometer. No X-ray machine. 1-2 rentacops.
Of course, it was less than 200 yards from the Marine Barracks at 8th and I. . . .which ALWAYS has a Ready Squad on alert, but were THEY called for an attack on a Naval Headquarters ????
For that matter, the building was full of senior Naval Officers, NCOs, and experienced veterans. And they ALL either “sheltered in place” or ran from the scene. And that’s the REAL shame: I thought our Armed Forces personnel were supposed to run TO the sound of the guns, and take a little initiative. . .
Man and I was just getting so I had the money to buy some more stuff, now the price will go back up.
The kakistocracy at work.
Thanks to the Brit media: doing the jobs American jourbalists won’t do.
(and Bush, and Obama, because they let the standing orders remain in effect)
“...The officer described a culture in which emergency responders are instructed to not extend themselves beyond the Capitol grounds for fear of discipline.
“They were relying on our command staff to make the right call,” another Capitol Police officer said. “Unfortunately I don’t think that happened in this case.”
Most unfortunate, however there is the possibility they were using caution in case the shooter was hypothetically supposed to be distracting the attentions of the Capitol Swat Team to provide cover for an assault on the Capitol. It’s a distinct possibility. Not all government is Keystone Cops.
The STUPID is getting stronger everyday in DC and it’s spreading too!
Makes you wonder if some alphabet dept. knew about Boston but were told to stand down. Too much standing down for US citizens under this admin.
I don't think "suicide" is a standing order. But your point is well taken. I fail to see how making military bases "free fire" zones is a good thing. In my better world, the officers would have been armed, and running TO the sound of gunfire.
There we go. More proof that the government let this happen.
different sort of cross border authority denied ...
Why sing to the Beebs?
Nobody lamestream here will accept their side of the story?
Whoever gave the stand down order needs to be charged with accessory to murder.
This team was described as a 4 man QRF. If taking them (just four of them) to the Navy Yard exposed the Capitol to frontal assault, then their ops plan SUCKED.
I want to puke. Trained guys already geared up are turned away? It is an insane world we live in.
No dogs to shoot —OF COURSE.
No middle-class front doors to kick down, either.
Good thing we’re giving all those chair ninjyas all that black nomex KOOK GEAR, right?
I see they’re putting it to GREAT USE.
We have SEVENTY THREE federal agencies that have some or many armed SWAT kooks —it’s no longer Fibbers and BatPhuck guys, anymore.
Library of Congress SWAT, Dept. of Education SWAT, EPA SWAT, yessiree, it’s truly a SWAT-o-rama, out there.
Gloves, and vests, and MP-5’s, and all this “hi-speed”, expensive, stupid stuff that’s super cool to PLAY AROUND WITH.
But permit defense of a military base in our CAPITOL city during a real shooting spree?
Oh no..! That would be super SCARY, yes.
More likely —somebody politically-minded in command heard the 3-round bursts, and knowing that GayMuzzie wanted some more gun-control he ordered them to stay put FOR POLITICAL REASONS.
THAT is what I think.
WUSA9has learned that a Capitol Police tactical team was prepared to enter the Navy Yard to stop Aaron Alexis -- and was ordered back to the Capitol by a watch commander.
The team was in contact with Metropolitan Police, who were pleading for help, but was turned around by a Capitol Police inspector.
Two MPD officers went in without the team, and one of the officers was shot.
Coming from the White House, the order to ‘stand down’ is common, so it seems.
The “watch commander” afraid of stepping on some one else’s toes?
I was staying at the Capital Hilton at the time. A DC cop came in. One of the embassies had just been robbed. The DC cops were told to "leave".
Talk about knowing nothing at this point. Did he act alone? How many shooters? Was their video surveillance footage? If the second is at large, why no APB and description?
Talk about locking it down.
“When the Capitol Police team radioed in to their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.”
Looks like we have the next Benghazi-Gate here.
what? What would be gained by doing such a thing?
Why weren’t the military armed?
Armed means having the weapons AND AMMO.
The marines had rifles but no ammo.
Even Barney Fife was allowed to carry one bullet in his pocket.
a la Benghazi?? - “stand down!!!”
They were ready to roll, but then someone told them there were no dogs in the Naval Yard for them to shoot.
Sounds too much like Benghazi and I don't wear a tin foil hat.
Kind of reminds of when the FBI was called off the Fort Marcy Park/Vince Foster homicide. And the case was handed to the grossly incompetent, politically attached, government hand out recipient, Park Police.
Though, with a much higher steroid rate. And no doubt, directed by Valerie Jarrett.
CIA op in progress ... wonder how many of those killed knew anything about Benghazi.
Just in case anyone missed it the first time...
Why on earth?
This is clearly “not a coincidence.” Here’s a post from earlier today by FReeper
which shows that, of the 12 mass shooting incidents that occurred since 1949, 5 (nearly 42%) occurred under the Mahdi, starting in 2009 and going through 2013. Combine that with the hundreds of people killed with “Fast and Furious” weapons walked across the border and deliberately supplied to the Mexican drug cartels to kill people and create mayhem to promote destruction of the Second Amendment, and it’s clear we have a criminal, homicidal regime that’s out to promote and facilitate these atrocities so it can destroy the Constitution.
Indeed, IMHO, the NSA data gathering comes into this because it enables the regime to scan social media and chat rooms to find unstable individuals who might be inclined to perpetrate these horrors and develop them into genuine, effective mass murderers.
“Looks like we have the next Benghazi-Gate here.”
Yup. Looks that way.