Here’s a video the Massachusetts state police released of the events leading up to the arrest of the younger Tsarnaev brother. It’s unclear exactly how it was edited, and why this particular segment was released, but there are multiple versions of this same three minutes being distributed, so it’s most likely not Russia Today’s own version.
Early on you’ll see the armored vehicle begin to expose the suspect by removing the tarp from the boat. Then soon after and within the span of less than a minute, four grenades are launched into the boat.
Here’s another short video, one demonstrating a standard concussion grenade, likely similar to the four thrown at Tsarnaev. Note the ear and eye protection, the warnings from the instructor, and the distance from which they are to the grenade.
I know we’re all supposed to feel no remorse for the kid, but this is overkill. He was cornered, surrounded, outgunned, exhausted, and wounded. Why four grenades were used in rapid succession, in a confined space, is beyond me.
Prudence would suggest that capturing him alive, if possible, should be a priority. After all, they can’t interrogate a corpse, and the better health he is in the more quickly and effectively they glean information from him. But, and I think this is more important, justice demands that he be taken alive and not tormented in such a way.
He is only a suspect and at this point there is little more than the word of the police that he is one of those responsible for the attack. If he’s guilty, let the state prove it in court. I understand that some senators are calling for him to be tried in federal court, presumably so prosecutors can seek the death penalty (Massachusetts does not provide for capital punishment).
I disagree with this too, as I oppose the death penalty. I also see no legitimate reason not try the case in a state court, since such crimes ought to be handled by the states. The government decided to suspend reading Miranda rights to Tsarnaev, a move that has been somewhat controversial. Some are surprised by this, but considering the Bill of Rights was suspended in order to try to capture him, it shouldn’t be surprising.