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Elite Cops Were Held Back From Navy Yard: Reports

Posted Thursday, September 19th 2013 @ 11am  by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– As a gunman was shooting up the Navy Yard, an elite police team stationed "less than 30 seconds from the gate" was ready to provide help—but a commander "wouldn't let them go in and stop people from being slaughtered," an officer tells WUSA9. While hundreds of other cops were surging onto the scene, the Capitol Police were ordered back, an officer tells the Washington Post. Now, the chief of the Capitol Police, a team formed in 1828 that protects members of Congress, has ordered an independent inquiry into what happened that day, USA Today reports.

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