Watertown, Mass. Police Chief: Death Penalty for Tsarnaev Is 'good Decision' - NECN

Watertown, Mass. Police Chief: Death Penalty for Tsarnaev Is 'good Decision'



    Ed Deveau agrees with Atty. Gen. Holder's decision to seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect; wants to move forward (Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, Watertown, Mass.) - The place of the standoff, the gun battle, where the chase ended for the two Tsarnaev brothers, was in this Watertown, Mass. neighborhood.

    Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau agrees with Attorney General Eric Holder's decision, but is ready to move on.

    The flash bangs, the shots, the crowds, the sirens, the boat, and finally, the cheering - all from the night and day and night of April 18 and 19, 2013 in Watertown.

    It was not a stop on the race route, but a place that will now forever come to be known with the Boston Marathon.

    And word has spread that prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for surviving terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    "You read through that notice of intent, and all the allegations that are made against him, four people that have been killed, all the survivors that have been seriously hurt, the emotion that everyone's felt here in Boston over the last nine months," said Deveau. "I know a lot of thought went into that and I think it's a good decision."

    He knows his officers were in the middle of the fracas, alongside members of the FBI, state, other local, and of course, MBTA police.

    Transit Police Officer Dic Donohue nearly lost his life in Watertown.

    Meanwhile, even as the case eventually heads to trial, Chief Deveau knows his department and the people of Watertown are trying to move on.

    "Well, I think it will always be remembered, but I think we don't spend a lot of time here worrying about what the court case is doing," he said. "I traveled to Washington with Jeff Bauman, we didn't even talk about it. I think it's more about everybody getting on with their lives as best they can and moving forward."