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Boston Marathon bombing has races rethinking security


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Now that surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been captured and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, some of the motivations behind the attack are becoming clearer.

Other questions about security and how to prevent future attacks at similar events are under heated debate.

“Thinking about the football season starting or baseball, I don’t think [security is] going to change dramatically,” said David Kearn, an assistant professor in government and politics at St. John’s University.

Sporting venues such as Citi Field and the National Tennis Center are contained locations, he added.

“If you have to go through doors, you can have metal detectors, you can have people doing pat downs, you can have different types of devices to make sure that people aren’t bringing in things that you don’t want them bringing in,” Kearn said.

But he added that an event like the Boston Marathon has large areas that are “virtually unprotected.”

Security measure that Kearn said officials could use in areas where people congregate include mandatory check points.

The JFK 5k Runway Run, an annual race at John F. Kennedy International Airport, already uses similar security measures.

Runners and spectators must pass through security in accordance with the airport’s standards, said Rudy Auslander of the JFK Rotary Club, the event’s sponsor.

He said while they do not have to remove their shoes, all entrants are screened. Buses take runners out to the runway, and spectators are kept in an area near the line where the race both starts and finishes.

Other races in the city are designed differently, with spectators throughout the route, making similar security measures difficult.

The New York Road Runners (NYRR), who organize races including the ING NYC Marathon throughout the year, implemented enhanced baggage security following the Boston attack.

Runners who want to check their bags at one of the races must place them in a clear plastic bag and leave them in a designated zone that participants cannot enter. NYRR also has the right to search any bag in or outside the baggage area at any time, and an unattended bag can be confiscated.

“The safety and security of all New York Road Runners’ races is and will always be our top priority,” the group said in a statement. “A number of significant measures have been put in place in recent years, and we will work closely with the NYPD over the coming days and weeks to further evaluate security at races. We will continue to work hand in hand with the City of New York and the NYPD as we plan for all upcoming events.”

Kearn said these security measures would “draw more resources and more man power. You might be able to have volunteers do some of that stuff in terms of just checking bags, but you will have to have more folks checking and looking around in the future.”

 

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Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property within the U.S. resulting in death, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday afternoon.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” said Holder in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with each of the bombing victims and brave law enforcement professionals who lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of this week’s senseless violence.”

He was also been charged with malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. If convicted, Tsarnaev faces the death penalty or life in prison.

Shortly before the charges were made public, the White House said that Dzhokhar would not be treated as an enemy combatant.

Tsarnaev remains hospitalized, recovering from gunshot injuries to the head, neck legs and hand, and had his initial court appearance from his hospital room today, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He reportedly can’t speak because of his neck wound, but is answering officials’ questions through writing.

The charges come two days after Dzhokhar was found hiding in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass. home bleeding and in serious condition.

His capture was preceded by a dramatic shootout with police that killed his older brother and alleged accomplice in the bombing, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a manhunt that shut down the Boston area Friday.

 

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Boston bombing suspect in custody


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is in custody after a manhunt that shut down the Massachusetts city and its suburbs today.

The Boston Police Department confirmed the news around 8:45 p.m., tweeting “Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area.” He is in serious condition, authorities said.

The suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was found hiding in a boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown when he was captured, according to reports.

Officials at the scene could be heard cheering shortly after he was collared.

His brother and fellow suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during an overnight shootout after the two allegedly hijacked a car in Cambridge, Massachusets and murdered a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer.

Boston Police Commissioner said, to his knowledge, the security guard was assassinated in his cruiser.

“These officers acted heroically, courageously,” Davis said.

A transit officer was also injured in the melee and is listed in critical but stable condition.

The younger Tsarnaev then sparked a manhunt through Watertown, which is about eight miles from Boston. Both towns were on virtual lockdown as authorities swept through searching for the teen.

It was only after a Watertown man left his home after being locked down all day and noticed blood on the boat stored in his back yard, Davis said. The man lifted the tarp covering the boat, saw a man covered in blood and proceeded to call the police.

Authorities believe the blood on Tsarnaev came from injuries the night before, but acknowledged there was gunfire during the seizure.

“Thankfully this man who found this suspect called the authorities right away,” Davis.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said the city was resilient  and commended the joint police effort to arrest the suspect.

“We shall go on,” Menino said. “We’re a better city that we have been in the past week. We’re there working hard.”

The capture comes about 24 hours after authorities released footage of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and injured over 100.

Those killed on April 15 included 8-year-old Martin Richards, who was at the marathon watching his father run. Many had to undergo amputations after being severely injured in the blast.

President Barack Obama, addressing the nation after the arrest was confirmed, said he would continue using FBI, Homeland Security and other intelligence resources to find out why the suspects carried out the attack.

“Obviously tonight there are still many unanswered questions,” Obama said. “The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers.

Obama flew to Boston Thursday morning for an interfaith memorial ceremony, in which he promised to bring the attackers to justice.

-BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA