The Boston “lockdown” and “shelter-in-place” order came only after the suspects encountered police in a bloody gun battle, in which more than 200 rounds were fired. Reports are that at that encounter, which resulted in the “lockdown” and “shelter-in-place” order the suspects also threw another pressure-cooker explosive device at law enforcement.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it?
Remember Chris Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer and Naval officer that shot numerous people in shootouts in Southern California? He had several encounters with law enforcement resulting in gunfire and wild-west-like shootouts in public.
The lockdown in that case came when Dorner had been confined to an area that could be sealed off: Big Bear, California.
The lockdown in that case was limited, confined, and based on law enforcement’s belief Dorner had been located. It was not based on speculation that the perpetrator was still in a larger, metropolitan area (such as greater Boston or in the Dorner case, greater Los Angeles).
The Boston lockdown seems an overreaction, overly-broad, and unnecessary.
Read Michael Brown's latest blog post Boston Lockdown & Shelter-In-Place Order. Right or Wrong?