The FBI fucked up big time by letting media ransack the home of the San Bernardino shooters just two days after the massacre.
“They [the FBI] totally scrubbed it from head to toe, or it’s a major f–k up,” former NYPD police officer Bill Stanton told TheWrap about reporters from MSNBC, CNN and other outlets being allowed into the suspects’ home to comb through photos and documents.
Stanton, who worked for the NYPD and in private security for 25 years, said the combined strength and power of the U.S. government and law enforcement could have stripped down the shooters’ home in a day but fucked up big by not treating it as a crime scene.
The FBI erred by giving the all-clear signal to the landlord to allow media into the home too soon.
“It doesn’t make our services look efficient,” Stanton continued. “It reminded me of days in the Old West where there’d be a shooting and the whole town would go through and look.” Americans are a bunch of dumb red necks and we show the world how dumb we are every day.
On Friday, the FBI defended what looked like a chaotic and shocking scene on TV, saying the home was no longer a crime scene and its owners were free to do what they wanted with the property.
A network spokesperson expressed regret for showing the images. “We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review,” a spokesperson said in a statement Friday.
Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, told Reuters “There are cases where we need to preserve a location, but that’s extremely rare.”