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Tactical Unit was Ordered Away from Navy Yard Rampage

November 11, 2013  | 

It was reasonable for officials to reroute a Capitol Police tactical squad away from the Washington Navy Yard rampage amid concerns about possible threats to the U.S. Capitol after the officers got stuck in traffic, according to a report released Friday that defends the decision.

The officers in the specially trained unit, which handles crises such as mass shootings, tried to respond to the Navy Yard but could not even reach the command post there because of traffic snarls caused by emergency vehicles, according to the two-page document. There were also no demands for additional Capitol Police resources beyond the teams that were already there and commanders were faced with “the potential of threats or secondary attacks” to the Capitol building, the report states, according to an Associated Press story in the Washington Post.

The unit was directed to the Capitol more than a half-hour after the first reports of the attack.

Tags: Active Shooters, U.S. Capitol Police, Navy Yard Shooting


Comments (5)

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Adam @ 11/11/2013 6:28 PM

I say that's a bunch of BS! Smells like a huge cover up to protect some ones as*

DCW @ 11/12/2013 11:31 AM

No, it sounds like someone thought there were a bunch of self important people in the capitol building that warranted a tactical team response to make sure none of them would be hurt instead of protecting the truly important people working at the navy yard.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/12/2013 2:49 PM

If they have lights and sirens they should be able to respond anywhere. Something here isn't right.

CvChief @ 11/13/2013 7:01 AM

Wondering why the team wasnt dropped by helicopter. Certainly would merit activation.

mike @ 11/14/2013 9:11 AM

It sounds reasonable to recall the 4-man team, as the FBI, Metro D.C. and a whole host of other teams were en route or on-site. The cannot allow other sensitive areas to be uncovered, especially if this was a multi-pronged attack.

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