FBI: Releasing Marathon Suspect Photos 'Best Decision'

An official said authorities wrangled over the decision to release the photos.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. File photos.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. File photos.
Releasing photos that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the correct decision, even though a police officer was killed and another one was seriously injured, according to an FBI official.

Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Division, said in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday that the FBI "really had no choice" but to release the photos.

The blasts near the finish line of the marathon last year killed three people and injured about 260. After the FBI released photos of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, they got into a shootout with police officers. Killed was MIT police Officer Sean Collier. MBTA police Officer Richard Donohue was severely wounded but recovered.

"Believe me, the death of Sean Collier is not lost on the FBI," Douglas told 60 Minutes. "But I think at the end of the day, given the facts as we knew them at the time, we made the best decision."

Douglas said the FBI wrangled with the decision to release the photos.

Tamerlan was eventually killed in a firefight with police. Dzhokhar was captured and is scheduled to go on trial in November.
Joe Veno March 24, 2014 at 01:49 PM
I have seen enough photos of these two scum bags !
Matthew March 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM
JF..........Unconstitutionaly victimized??? REALLY, are you serious. That scumbag got exactly what he and his brother deserved. To bad SWAT didn't take out the other one when the snipper had the chance. Kid would have been left lying in that boat if I were the shooter after what went on. Amazing restraint by that officer. There's your constitutional rights. Even though a non American, the officer afforded him his USA constitutional rights, and didn't shoot him, when could and should have.
mark March 25, 2014 at 07:26 AM
What about their accomplices? Deval Patrick and The Democratic Party! After all they provided the 2 terrorists with Free housing , schooling, welfare, EBT , at the expense of the tax payers of this state!
fatty arbuckle March 25, 2014 at 09:07 AM
i think we should allow more folks who hate our society to immigrate here! The Liberal way! and Matthew what srpska said makes perfect sense! why don't you do a little investigating and see what is going on in England instead of doing the all too common Liberal head in the sand response!
Matthew March 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Fatty.......I could care less about what England is doing, not our problem. Oh and by the way. I'm an Independent. Wouldn't help the Liberals. Their the reason crime has run a muck in this country. Judges just keep turning out criminals on no or low bail. So if your going to insult someone, have your facts straight.


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