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What? SWAT Team Told to Stand Down Rather Than Aid Municipal Cops Trying to Stop Aaron Alexis' Rampage

Let a million conspiracy theories bloom.

But color me intensely curious about their reasoning for this very strange call.

One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday's shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.

A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.

The Capitol Police department said senior officials were investigating.

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"I don't think it's a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene," a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.

You'll have to read the article for the timeline; I can't excerpt any more.


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