As reported on THE BLAZE, retired New York City Police Department detective Harry Houck said he watched in disbelief as members of the media ransacked the home of the husband and wife responsible for killing 14 in Wednesday’s San Bernardino terrorist attack.
But there was one thing that he noticed immediately.
“I am still baffled,” he said. “This is part of the crime scene because this is where they lived. The first thing I noticed when I looked at this was this apartment was not dusted for prints. How do I know that? Because I don’t see fingerprint dust all over the place.”
Houck said the development is a “big problem” because it would make it very difficult to identify any potential “co-conspirators” who may have been in the apartment at any time.
David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told reporters on Friday that investigators released the apartment back to the landlord after serving a search warrant.
Unaddressed by Bowdich was the fact that driver’s licenses, a Social Security card as well as other documents and evidence were left in the apartment for reporters to handle.
Listen to Harry Houck telling CNN’s Brooke Baldwin he is stunned the apartment where the San Bernardino shooters lived was not dusted for prints, etc.
RT reported on the fudged crime scene:
In a display that raised questions about journalistic integrity, cable news outlets made live broadcasts of their reporters entering the apartment of the San Bernardino shooters and, in some cases, rifling through their belongings.
A flock of journalists armed with broadcast cameras entered the Redlands, California apartment where Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik lived on Friday, after a reporter unfastened a piece of plywood blocking the door that had been placed there by the FBI. He said that he had permission from the landlord.
@acecloss Yep. I unscrewed the board on the front door the FBI had put on. With the permission of the landlord, who was beside me.
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) December 4, 2015
News outlets like MSNBC, CNN, BBC and CBS news broadcast live scenes as their crews poured into the apartment. Reporters rummaged through the items of the now-dead suspects, including family photos, children’s toys and personal documents.
— Latest Politics (@LatestComPols) December 4, 2015
One MSNBC reporter even went as far as to show the detailed image of an ID card belonging to Farook’s mother, on live television.
MSNBC just doxed Rafia Farook, mother of a terrorist, on live television. I’ve blurred the important bits.pic.twitter.com/VqPwT60yVY
— David Boles (@DavidBoles)December 4, 2015
“These are photographs here the family has,” MSNBC reported Kerry Sanders said, rifling through a stack of family photos.
While the San Bernardino Police Department had initially said that the apartment was still an active crime scene, it was later revealed that the investigation was turned over to the FBI, who had cleared the apartment of evidence.
“We executed a search warrant on that apartment, and last night we turned that over back to the [landlord],” said David Bowdich, assistant director at the FBI field office in Los Angeles. “Once we turn that location back over to the occupants of that residence or once we board it up, anyone who goes in at that point, that’s got nothing to do with us.”
Reporters were later removed from the apartment, though the circumstances of the expulsion were not clear.
And just like that, reporters have been flushed from the apartment pic.twitter.com/67MYGvHbRi
— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) December 4, 2015
The apartment’s landlord was originally reported to have let media inside, but claims to have been“rushed” by journalists.
CNN reporters said that the landlord was escorted away from the premises by law enforcement and put into a car.
More than one user drew comparison between the sensational behavior of the media and ‘Nightcrawler,’ a movie about a sociopathic and exploitative broadcast journalist starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
EXCLUSIVE: Photo of guy who let the entire media into active crime scene inside the terrorist’s apartment. pic.twitter.com/y2GHWOrdJU
— Seymour Sludgeworth (@SSludgeworth) December 4, 2015
MSNBC later apologized for showing identifying information and photographs on air.
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) December 4, 2015
And finally, here is a report from TRUTHstreammedia. Listen to Melissa Dykes’ take on the media frenzy:
Just in case you weren’t sure, the dog is definitely being wagged in San Bernardino. How do you know something is fake? A reporter stages a baby crib at the crime scene. When you hear someone say it’s unbelievable, sometimes it’s because it literally cannot be believed.