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Post-Gaming The Manhunt

A SWAT team unloads from their armored vehicles as they go door to door while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013.Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A SWAT team unloads from their armored vehicles as they go door to door while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013.Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The police response to the Boston bombings was without precedent. But was it legal? Was it an overreaction? Was it a textbook case of urban crisis management? We’ll dig in.

Guests

Harvey Silverglate, Boston criminal defense and civil liberties litigator

Christine Cole, executive director of the program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. You can read her take here.

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Huffington Post “Boston — often called the Cradle of Liberty — has often been the scene of political protest, political violence, and heavy-handed government crackdowns — military, paramilitary, and otherwise. As a result, throughout American history the city has been at the center of contentious, often furious debate over how best to balance public safety, crime fighting, and national defense with liberty and individual rights. Indeed, clashes in Boston between citizens and government played prominently into the colonies’ decision to fight the American Revolution itself; the dismantling of the Articles of Confederation; adoption of the Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments; the decision to include provisions for a standing army in the U.S. Constitution; the president’s authority to deploy soldiers domestically; and both the Posse Comitatus Act and the efforts to dismantle it the modern drug war era.”


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  • midtempo

    The order was voluntary so I’m not too concerned about that.  I was concerned with police forcibly evicting people in Watertown from their homes who were minding their own business.  Whether the involuntary home searches were legal can be debated, but I don’t think the police could legally evict people who are just in their homes and not suspected of any crime.

    There were many videos and photos taken of exactly what was going on in the street during this time. It’s shocking.

  • Mishyk1

    I don’t believe it was an over reaction. The police didn’t know if Suspect #2 was armed. They did know he was capable of planting bombs, throwing bombs and killing a police officer in cold blood. What if he hadn’t been injured? We might be looking at a much different scenario than his capture. As a resident of Brookline, my family were happy to remain in the safety of our home.

  • prefer anonymity

    Another perspective: my home was visited by Homeland Security officers on that Thursday morning, before photos of the Tsarnaevs were released. Someone thought my husband looked “suspicious” a couple of days prior and called in a tip about our car. The officers were polite and left after a few minuties, satisfied he was not involved. But later, when photos were aired, it was noticeable that my husband bore a phenotypical resemblance to the younger Tsarnaev. We stayed home on Friday because we didn’t want anyone else to mistake him for a suspect or, worse, try to take matters into their own hands and try something that could have ended very badly.

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