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Politi reports: "Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau spoke to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Saturday and offered up the most detailed account yet of the manhunt of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects."

Dozens of officers converged in Watertown to search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (photo: Matt Rourke/AP)
Dozens of officers converged in Watertown to search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. (photo: Matt Rourke/AP)

Eyewitness Contradicts Police Account of Tsarnaev Killing

By RSN Staff

28 April 13


According to this eyewitness account broadcast on Boston radio station WEEI 93.7 FM, a caller named Linda, who said she was from Dexter Street in Waterville, reported that she saw "the first suspect [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] hit by a police SUV, and then after he was hit, shot multiple times."

This differs markedly from accounts by Watertown police chief Edward Deveau, who describes, to CNN's very enthusiastic Wolf Blitzer, two suspects firing on police officers with a lot of weapons, Tamerlan Tsarnaev firing on police at close range, Tamerlan then being tackled by police, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev then speeding toward them in a black SUV, ultimately running over his brother Tamerlan as he fled the scene.

The eyewitness account casts doubt on Boston PD's entire account of the incident. - MA/RSN


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-1 # scribe 2013-04-28 11:18
What I find interesting is that no one has discussed the real Watertown, aka the Town, as one of the most crime ridden districts in the Boston metroplex. Ben Affleck's film The Town lays this out. I always suspected that one reason the cops were hesitant about their work is that you never know what you might find when knocking on doors in the Town. I don't doubt that there may have been firefights, it is just that they didn't involve the two bombing suspects.
+53 # bigdon50 2013-04-28 12:47
There were other witnesses besides this one and the police. They confirm the police version. WEEI, the original source of this report is our local right wing talk radio station. Their main local talk show host, Howie Carr, is still remembered for screaming over the radio that anyone who believed that the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by anyone other than a Moslem was crazy.

I am a former resident of Watertown. It is a working class community with many ethnicities; the largest of which are Italian, Greek and Armenian. It does not have a particularly high crime rate even in this low crime rate state.

Ben Afflick's movie makes no claims of being a documentary. It is fiction. Its purpose to entertain not to imform.
+35 # Frank21 2013-04-28 13:45
The town in Affleck's film is Charlestown, not Watertown.
+5 # BradFromSalem 2013-04-29 08:19
WEEI is a Sports talk station. The call was made during the Dennis and Callahan morning show. Even though the station is sports they do venture into politics and are Right Wing oriented. Especially co-host Jerry Callahan, who is also writes for the Boston Herald along with the aforementioned Howie Carr. WEEI is owned by the same company that also owns WRKO where Howie Carr spits out his Right Wing trash on the air; and the two stations are actually in the same building and share facilities, occassionaly on air personalities and certainly ideology.
+31 # humanmancalvin 2013-04-28 13:22
As a born & bred Bostonian, I must clarify your error. "The Town" starring Ben Affleck was Charlestown, not Watertown. 2 distinct locations that do not mirror one another very much at all. "Townies" the name used for people from Charlsetown have lived by a code of silence for many years. At the beginning of the film in discussion there are written words that basically say that Townies are responsible for most of Bostons bank robberies & armored car holdups. This trade is passed down through generations made in a large part possible because of the code of silence. Facts matter.
+24 # tingletlc 2013-04-28 13:30
"The Town" in Affleck's movie is not Watertown, a separately incorporated suburb of Boston, but Charlestown, a Boston neighborhood. Utterly different vibes. Their most striking similarity is that the lingua franca of each is something like English. Different accents, though.
+17 # acohen8919 2013-04-28 16:42
The movie, The Town did not depict Watertown which is, in fact, not a particularly crime- ridden area of Boston. The part of Boston depicted in The Town was Charlestown. Please be careful with your facts.
+10 # Penelope Jencks 2013-04-28 17:43
I thought Ben Affleck's movie was about CHARLEStown, no?
+8 # theory≠opinion 2013-04-28 20:23
Have you ever lived there? It doesn't sound like it. I lived right off Mt. Auburn St. for two years and it's not a crazy crime ridden part of Boston. It's a great, diverse neighborhood where people actually know each other. The way you describe it, you'd think it was Winter Hill or Southie (the only place I had trouble in 4 years of cab driving in Boston).
0 # RLF 2013-04-29 05:48
The police lie??? Imagine that!
+3 # Secular Humanist 2013-04-28 11:29
The conspiracy theorists will be all over this. One question is whether the witness was able to distinguish between the suspects' stolen black Mercedes SUV and a police SUV. Th shooting after being hit part, though, is believable. At that point, police would likely be in overkill mode. Sounds like she was a bit foggy on who was shooting at whom before that.
+24 # Jack Gibson 2013-04-28 12:46
Please stop falling for this "conspiracy theorist" crap. Yes, there are conspiracy theorists out there, but they are largely in the minority. Most of the true "conspiracy theorists" have a great deal of circumstantial evidence backing up their theories, just as a great deal of the "conspiracy theories" concerning 9-11 are backed up by a great deal evidence supporting them. The propaganda arm of the lying government, the lamestream media, constantly says that everything that doesn't accord with the official conspiracy theory is supposedly nothing but "conspiracy theory(ies)"; and so, most "Americans" who watch lamestream propaganda "news" believe it. Governments lie (all the time). If their lips are moving most government people lie as a matter of course, constantly. So, just because the government and their lamestream propaganda arm, that is such today as never before, says that things were and/or are supposedly a certain way, doesn't necessarily mean that they really were and/or are that way. Even the founders of the U.S. told us not to trust government; so, no wonder that the government is now traitorously claiming that the founders were supposedly "terrorists". They have to discredit them so that people won't listen to them anymore, and will blindly trust the government and lamestream "news", which are getting more and more evil and full of lies with every passing day. Thus, today, more and more "Americans" falsely believe that the founders were supposedly "terrorists".
+36 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-28 13:17
"...lamestream media..." I like that. What I call today's 'mess media' certainly now includes CNN. The facts were given to me by an old friend of CNN founder, of how the founder was forced to sell out to, no big surprise, the corp. interests whose main purpose is to MSD (manipulate, spin, distract) us, and report in a manner that enables the villainaire rulers to keep their profits rolling in (i.e. from constant, 'terrorism' warmode destruction of our environment, etc.) and keep in control of us all. Time it is (actually way overdue) the we recognize and.....

-33 # kalpal 2013-04-28 15:42
Lovely conspiracy fabricated out of the plume of smoke coming from your nether brain pan.
+26 # theory≠opinion 2013-04-28 20:27
As soon as you start name calling, you lose credibility. As far as 9/11 goes, there isn't huge amounts of credible evidence to back it up. What is credible is that after decades of utterly heinous international behavior, especially MidEast foreign policy, there is bound to be some blowback. What is credible is that the Bush Administration was too clueless and bent on attacking Iraq and enabling W to become a "War President" to be on top of protecting the country. There's plenty to be pissed off about without making stuff up.
-13 # jwb110 2013-04-28 11:36
Boston is funny town that way.
+20 # Exotikat 2013-04-28 11:40
I was listening to a Boston radio station and heard an eye witness account which supports the story about Dzhokhar running over his brother with a black SUV and dragging him about 20 feet before continuing on. A short distance later, Dzhokhar stopped the SUV, jumped out and ran. This person said he watched the whole thing from about 3 houses away.
+52 # fliteshare 2013-04-28 11:41
You can't let the patsy stay alive. He might give away the spiel afterwards.
0 # Rick Levy 2013-04-28 20:26
I guess you'll be very disappointed if he does stay alive. If there is a conspiracy that requires him to be eliminated, why hasn't he been killed before now? He's had more than enough time to spill the beans.
+9 # karenvista 2013-04-28 22:44
Quoting Rick Levy:
I guess you'll be very disappointed if he does stay alive. If there is a conspiracy that requires him to be eliminated, why hasn't he been killed before now? He's had more than enough time to spill the beans.

Why do you think most of the people entrapped by the FBI plead? Because they threaten them with the death penalty after they invoke Osama bin Laden in court to prejudice the jury, and the juries almost always fold.

As Mother Jones investigation found out-ALL BUT THREE of the most publicized "terrorist" cases involved FBI agents provocateurs!
-6 # Rick Levy 2013-04-29 19:39
The topic was concerned those who mysteriously die in police custody, not who are publicly tried and executed.
+3 # RMDC 2013-04-30 04:46
God only knows what the FBI tells them to make them plead guilty. A trial is the very thing the FBI does not want. This is why the Bradley Manning trial is taking so long. They have got to find a way not to have to present their bogus case in a public trail.
+98 # tomtom 2013-04-28 12:03
Not that defendants don't lie, but, and I'm talking from experience, police lie in court when it isn't even neccessary; out of habit. It's partly out of not wanting their suspects to go free, but , it sure doesn't play well with the accused's family; of which make up for the majority of U.S. citizens, and a few million foreigners. Our law enforcement community is in serious need of a credibility make-over. Hating the civilian population is unneccessary, unproductive and seriously damaging to society.
+21 # freelyb 2013-04-28 14:12
Absolutely so.
+33 # Jack Gibson 2013-04-28 12:08
As one can see from the above video, the police SUVs are clearly distinguishable as police vehicles, especially as white at night in comparison to the dark color of the SUV that was the "suspect's" alleged vehicle; so this eyewitness's account is quite believable. I certainly wouldn't believe the cops because they lie all the time. No, they're manufacturing an official story to cover-up what really happened, particularly if there was police misconduct, which there very likely was. How can anyone trust cops who routinely lie, particularly on the witness stand in court? These poor kids were patsies who were setup to take the fall for the bombing, which was carried out by operatives working for the government. As is typical of these scenarios, there is almost always a drill going on at the same time, allegedly "simulating" what actually ends up taking place, just as there was on 9-11, and just as there was in Boston on the day of the bombings. In order to militarize the country, the government has to have, and causes, more of these events to take place, so that they can use them as an excuse to say that they "have to militarize the country in order to protect the citizenry", and so they can get more and more of the public to accept it, even call for it. Most "Americans", refusing to believe that "their" government would perpetrate such things, usually fall for it. Of course, though, their are millions of Americans who aren't buying it, thank God. May the truth out further.
+11 # Susan1989 2013-04-28 13:13
Sadly...I have suspected this for a long time...911 also...hope to hell I am wrong.
+17 # Jack Gibson 2013-04-28 14:51
You're not... Wrong, that is.
+52 # diacad 2013-04-28 12:21
In my opinion, the media has us focused on minutia. There are larger questions than who ran over whom. It can hurt to ask these questions. A United Nations official is facing calls for his ouster following his comments about the role of US policy in the Boston Marathon bombings. So much for free speech.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, wrote: "The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks ... We should be asking ourselves at this moment, 'How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?'"

Officials in Canada and Britain as well as US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice have called for Falk to be fired. Officials who questioned the surviving suspect in the bombings say they were motivated at least in part by the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
+13 # Jack Gibson 2013-04-28 14:08
Yep, if they tell the truth, they "must" be fired... NOT!
+7 # RHytonen 2013-04-28 20:10
Quoting diacad:
... We should be asking ourselves at this moment, 'How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?'"

Officials in Canada and Britain as well as US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice have called for Falk to be fired...

"geopolitical" - or simply economic, by those with the most economic power over our "Politics?"

There are those who believe money is only the means to the end of power. I disagree. I believe the end is money; the motivation is pure evil- greed.
+38 # jorspe 2013-04-28 12:28
A politician that I know once told me, "We don't call those lies, but they are just different versions of the truth". All has become a woven web of guesses based on spin and deceit.
+14 # Sandy 2013-04-28 14:42
Quoting jorspe:
A politician that I know once told me, "We don't call those lies, but they are just different versions of the truth". All has become a woven web of guesses based on spin and deceit. which the established facts quickly and purposefully get lost...
+41 # DPM 2013-04-28 12:30
We may never know, as each "side" spins it their way. That said, I trust our "protectors" less and less. Not the cop on the street, so much, but their bosses going all the way to the top. To completely trust what our pablum feeding media puts out is to be naive, at best and stupid at worst.
+25 # Sandy 2013-04-28 14:39
I think the cops on the street are susceptible to all this too. There was a recent case in Cleveland where 2 'suspects' in a car were killed in a hail of bullets from police at the end of a chase. The police wanted to pull them over for something, and I think there may have been drugs in the car. But what precipitated the gunfire, and an armed chase to the death, was apparently a car backfire. The police used this as an excuse of sorts "we thought they had a gun" (alas there was no gun). But what wasn't said in the media reports was that the fleeing 'suspects' just as likely thought the police had fired at them when they heard the same backfire. Not wanting get pulled over, quickly turned into running for their lives, with deadly consequences. Once again, police escalation leads to human devastation.
+31 # Sandy 2013-04-28 12:37
There was also another early eyewitness account in the NYT's that was here on on RSN, from a guy looking out his upstairs apartment window... He mentioned the black SUV driving toward the suspects, mentioned the throwing of a large explosive toward police without much success (not blowing up in suspect's hands as reported later), and this eyewitness with a birds eye view did not mention the one suspect running over the other. It does seem stories often change when it comes to confrontations with the police. Just saying... Maybe the officers feel proper procedures should sometimes be allowed to be waived, so they cover up.
+9 # Jack Gibson 2013-04-28 12:59
Maybe? How 'bout, usually if not always?
+15 # Smiley 2013-04-28 15:04
Now it turns out that they had no explosives and only one handgun between them? One thing i don't understand is: "What competent law enforcement officer would not know the vital importance of taking these guys alive?"
+22 # in deo veritas 2013-04-28 12:47
DC will do whatever it takes to keep the truth from coming out. We are fools to believe anything said by the puppets of the oligarchy.
+24 # carp 2013-04-28 12:58
Reports now are saying that Jahar did not have a weapon in the boat. The first shot is now classified as an errant shot which started the fusillade the police unleashed. So much for the Watertown Chief.
+17 # Xanthippia 2013-04-28 13:40
"WEEI, the original source of this report is our local right wing talk radio station. Their main local talk show host, Howie Carr, is still remembered for screaming over the radio that anyone who believed that the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by anyone other than a Moslem was crazy."

Utter nonsense. WEEI is the Boston CBS news/sports affiliate station, and has nothing to do with talk radio. Howie Carr is on the radio, all right, but it's WRKO, not WEEI.

I'd say this was enough wrong to cast serious doubt on anything the poster "BigDon50" has to say. If he wants to shill for the police or the FBI, he'd do well to at least get his facts straight first.
+23 # da gaf 2013-04-28 13:41
The problem with the police-hood is that they work with criminals and soon they become criminals themselves- in the early seventies i was working for the Texas highway dept. doing traffic studies- one weekend i was in Dallas and was visiting some of my relatives..and stupid like i was drinking and when i left to back to where i was stationed about 80 miles away i got arrested for DWI OR DUI and placed in jail downtown- the jail guards woke me up in the middle of the night to talk to the lawyer than i was allowed to call before going in when i was awaken i was very dizzy and the guards were very belingerance -shoving me down the hall and i commented to them that they acted like "pigs"- well after I TALKED TO THE LAWYER ON the phone 5 of these police guards jumped me and did a "RODNEY KING" on me until they were tired..the next day-with all kinds of pains from being beat up- two detectives came to interviewed me- they asked me if i knew Karate- because one police guard said i kicked him in the face and broke his jaw!...they are the reall criminals..and always have been-being beat -up i just curled up trying to protect my-self!..conse quences of a black eye,bruises -all over my body ..most of these polices after a while will all lie just like their criminals or victims that they arrest or beat up like me..not only in Dallas but everywhere in America or most anywhere else-cause they can do it and get away with telling their lies!
+10 # hondacivic21218 2013-04-28 13:45
+9 # freelyb 2013-04-28 13:54
I don't think there's a huge conspiracy here, but I do think the cops are lying. The last I heard, the only weapon found between the two brothers was a 9mm at the Tamerlan scene. Sounds like a pretty one-way shoot-off to me. Meanwhile, counter to police conjecture that his bro ran him down, hospital OFFICIALS maintain that he did not present with ANY injuries that they typically see when someone is run over. Why would the cops fabricate the situation when they had pretty good cause to defend themselves? Is it just a bad habit?
-4 # BKnowswhitt 2013-04-28 15:16
Most likely this is true. In the case of the London bombing they shot the guy from a distance. They say he had a bomb vest on. So the reason for the hit em with the car then shoot em. The police have a right to protect themselves. The thing that is worth notiing however is how they lie about it ...
+15 # Dion Giles 2013-04-28 17:29
Actually they didn't shoot him from a distance. They ran after the terrified Brazilian, cornered him in an underground train, held a gun to his head and fired seven shots into his brain at three-second intervals. There was a standard British "inquiry" which protected the killers' identity, ignored the manner of his execution and focused on mealy-mouthed excuses for getting the wrong guy.
+18 # kalpal 2013-04-28 15:39
"Howie Carr, is still remembered for screaming over the radio that anyone who believed that the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by anyone other than a Moslem was crazy."

Being wrong is no bar to retaining credibility within the right wing.

When I stopped in a friend's store and saw the Oklahoma city devastation the store owner proceeded to curse Arabs. I told him that it was unlikely to have been Arabs because in the Arab world that city would be totally unkown and would lack any meaning.

Turned out I was right.

Has anyone successfully located a right wing radio host who is sane and mentally competent?
+22 # Wordslinger 2013-04-28 15:43
What the Tsarnaev brothers have in common with bin Ladin, the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, the Ft. Hood shooter, etc. is a hatred of America and Americans for our military imprint on Arab and othe mid-east nations -- having our "Christian" white troops based in Islamic cities, etc., and our continual, one sided support for the Israelis. Bush, as usual, got everything wrong. They don't hate us for our freedoms. They hate us for our foreign policy.

0 # aaheart 2013-04-28 17:55
NO, Bush nailed it about terrorists: They hate us for our freedom. It we look back over the past 12 years we can see who it is that hates us for our freedoms. Who has taken away our freedoms? It wasn't Muslims. It was Bush O'bama and the Dem Republicans.
+13 # theory≠opinion 2013-04-28 20:33
You don't know much about American history. Go back and research what we did in Iran in 1953 by ousting Mossedeq and imposing the Shah on the people there under the brutal thumb of SAVAK. For that alone, I'm surprised there isn't blowback on a regular basis. And Mossedeq thought he was our friend. Of course, my sarcasm meter might need adjustment and you might be just employing black humor.
+2 # toddao 2013-04-29 06:44
They hate us for our love of freedumb.
+11 # Inspired Citizen 2013-04-28 15:50
The second shooting was in one direction. Some cop was trigger happy. It's a story that the media is skipping.
+14 # Kathymoi 2013-04-28 16:18
We will never get to hear the older brother's account of what happened. And there won't be a trial to look into it.
There will probably always be doubt about what really happened. However, this eyewitness saw the police shoot a man multiple times who had just been run over by a car, and we now know that the police shot at the younger brother multiple times while he had no gun and was lying down bleeding in a boat.
+19 # wwway 2013-04-28 18:05
What amazes me are the number of cops that suddenly come out of the woodwork when suspecting it's something really really big. They never would have pursued those two with such ferver if it was an ordinary car jacking. Everyone's got to get in on the action and all of them have the opportunity to be triger happy because they CAN.
Shooting at the boat was an unnecessary show of force. Boys with their gun toys itching to be heros.
The witnesses can tell the truth all they want. The cop stories will stand.
+16 # Felix Julian 2013-04-28 18:52
Three things:
#1 Wolf Blitzer is a skilled but immature "interviewer". I have seen him putting and attempting to put words in peoples' mouths for years. He is a jerk imho.
#2 The truth is always the first casualty of fascism.

#3 The elites did a much better job- not a great job, mind you, but a much better job covering up 9/11. This is an awful mess that is really not credible with far too much "new information" popping up practically hourly including that the boys' mother "teased her hair like a rock star" before finding Islam. Is that important?
+9 # futhark 2013-04-29 07:16
One difference between today and November 22, 1963 is that now a large portion of attendees at any public event are acting as Abraham Zapruder did on that day in Dallas: making a videographic recording what transpires. The result is that, via YouTube and other channels, the members of the public have an opportunity to view and analyze for themselves what actually happened instead of relying on the filtered and biased reports of lamestream mess media acting in collusion with "authorities". This makes pulling off a successful false flag event more challenging.

I'll bet the neocons who planned and executed the 9/11 attacks wish they could have prevented the videotaping of the controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7.
+11 # Edwina 2013-04-29 09:28
There is plenty of evidence that our wars (undeclared) in the Middle East and North Africa have had the effect of angering the people of the region. And one form that takes is the radicalization of young men, using Islam to focus and organize their anger. The anger is not inherent in Islam, but is the result of violence perpetrated by the U.S. and other Western states. And our unconditional support of Israel and its violence. Both Bush and Obama have promoted this failed policy. It seems they think we can return to colonial times without paying a price.

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