Police Chief Speaks Out on Boston Bomber's Capture: Cops ‘Got in the Way'

The police chief in Watertown, Massachusetts, says some of the police officers who responded when the Boston Marathon bomber was found in a boat in the backyard of a home in town just got in the way.

Chief Edward Deveau, in his first public comments since the April 2013 capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told The Boston Globe that some responding officers "could have done better," and their actions put lives at risk.

He did not single out any specific person or agency.

Deveau said it was fortunate that no one was hurt.

He said there was a plan to send in a SWAT team, but unsupervised "self-deploying police officers" caused problems because they lacked tactical training and equipment and had not been briefed on the plan.

Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death.

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