Boston Marathon runner Alastair Stevenson spoke yesterday about the presence of bomb squads and bomb sniffing dogs patrolling before the race in what police said was a ‘training exercise’, but the latest from Alastair is that the police ‘must have known’ of the threat despite denying any prior knowledge.
In the latest video, seen below, Alastair also further documents the mass security around the event beyond the bomb squad team – including rooftop snipers that may explain the mysterious roofed man visible in explosion photographs. Here is the latest video report featuring Alastair Stevenson:
I wrote about Stevenson’s firsthand account yesterday in an article that has been shared around 10,000 times on Facebook alone, a testament to the fact that more and more individuals are demanding answers as to whether or not police were aware of a bomb threat before the event. And based on the information that Stevenson shared with one local NBC news channel, it’s in direct conflict with what the Boston Police Commissioner stated quite clearly in yesterday’s press conference.
In fact, Boston Police Commissioner Edward P. Davis said that there was “no specific intelligence” in regards to any bomb threat or other dangerous scenario.
So why was a bomb squad equipped with several bomb sniffing dogs present before the race announcing a ‘training exercise’ over the loudspeaker? Well, it depends on whose story you want to believe. It would make sense for the Police Commissioner to deny any knowledge of prior threats to avoid responsibility and backlash from suffering families and political repercussions, but why would the eyewitness runner lie about what he saw?
In the words of Stevenson on the situation, based on what he witnessed firsthand as a veteran marathon runner:
“Evidently, I don’t believe they were just having a training exercise, they must have known… They must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in.”
The simple fact is that more runners need to come forward who were present around the same time as Stevenson and describe what they witnessed in regards to the bomb squads, bomb sniffing dogs, and rooftop snipers. Or most importantly, the ‘training exercise’ that police reportedly announced over the loudspeakers to runners before the event.
I have contacted Stevenson directly for an interview following the major story yesterday to clarify his statements and will post the report when available.