During this firefight, the Tsarnaevs and police exchanged gunfire. Tamerlan was later found to have a suicide vest on, I don't know if he detonated it or they removed it from him, but I know his body contained shrapnel. At some point, the Tsarnaevs began lobbing bombs and grenades (both homemade) at the police. Another office was critically wounded. He took a bullet to the thigh that severed three arteries, including the femoral artery. (Today, the officer was able to open his eyes, move his hands and feet and squeeze his wife's hand.) Tamerlan was fatally wounded, either through the firefight or being wounded by his own explosives, and according to some reports, was alive enough still to be arrested, until his brother ran over him with the car in his getaway. The police reported that Dzhokhar (hereinafter called Johar) stated that he was going to kill as many people as possible.
- Bombing which killed three people (one was a child), and maimed/wounded nearly 180 people at the marathon.
- Assassination of Officer Collier
- Extremely violent firefight where he critical wounds another police offer
- Threat to kill as many people as possible
Martial law is the imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis. Martial law is usually imposed on a temporary basis when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, or provide essential services), when there are extensive riots and protests, or when the disobedience of the law becomes widespread.
Now that authorities have captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old believed to be the second suspect in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, federal law enforcement officials are invoking the public safety exception regarding his Miranda rights, a senior Justice Department official told ABC News. The exception, according to the FBI‘s website, “permits law enforcement to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation and allows the government to introduce the statement as direct evidence.” (ABCNews)
One thing is certain, the American spirit is resilient and as Bostonians put it, "We are not terrified, we're wicked pissed."
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