I apologize if this theory is wrong, but after over two years of studying the Sandy Hook emergency response, I've come to believe that law enforcement
failures contributed to some or many of the deaths inside the school.
I don't fault anyone for mistakes made--not even if those mistakes cost lives (though I may be in the minority). I do fault people for lying about
those mistakes, because they are putting additional lives at risk in the process, and because both the public and the families of victims deserve (and
have a legal right to) the truth.
There are multiple ways in which to raise the issue of the Sandy Hook emergency response failure; here are a few.
In a nutshell:
Newtown police never told dispatch that there were more than two victims. The reason for this failure seems to be an officer-involved shooting inside
the school which distracted police from their duty to immediately report the discovery of dozens of additional wounded students and staff. There are
some indications officers purposely withheld this information in order to delay the arrival of medical personnel. As a result of police silence,
only two ambulances were called in the first half hour for a scene that required a minimum of 15.
* By the time dispatch heard from a volunteer
EMT that more were needed, and mutual aid ambulances finally arrived, victims had lain untreated for almost one hour. By this time the only ambulance
route had become gridlocked with parent and state police vehicles.
In more detail:
1. Newtown dispatch called only two ambulances in the first half hour, because Newtown police never relayed their discovery of dozens of wounded
children and adults in the first three classrooms.
2. By the time Newtown dispatch was informed by a volunteer EMT that more ambulances were needed, children and teachers had been bleeding for 30
3. By the time mutual aid ambulances arrived in Newtown, victims had lain untreated for nearly one hour, and the only ambulance route to the school
was now gridlocked with parent and state police vehicles. Mutual aid EMTs and medics testified to walking up to the scene on foot--despite some having
been asked to stage ambulances directly in front of the school.
4. It is not true that all victims had "obviously fatal wounds." Danbury paramedics testified under oath that this was not the case.
5. Even if all victims in the first three classrooms had had obviously fatal wounds--which, according to medical personnel, they didn't--Newtown
police should have immediate informed dispatch that more ambulances were needed as the school hadn't been cleared yet and officers had no idea how
many total wounded there would be.
6. The "EMTs weren't needed" story, released immediately to media that day, appears to be a purposeful strategy to cover up the fact that patients
died because law enforcement was instrumental in delaying their treatment and transport.
7. Despite Newtown officials' claims to the contrary, there is no indication that proper protocols were followed, and many indications showing that
they were not. Failures include lack of establishing Unified Command, lack of radio interoperability, failure to keep the egress clear, and failure to
communicate with CMED including in at least one case, outright obstruction of CMED's efforts to determine the scene location.
The blunter theory:
Newtown police injured and handcuffed a suspect who looked about 12 years old. After seeing the carnage in room 8, one Newtown officer executed the
suspect in a rage. In the scramble to deal with that reality, police either accidentally or purposely failed to inform dispatch of the dozens of
children and adults injured inside the school.
The blunter theory in detail:
A juvenile suspect popped out of room 6 or 8 just before 9:46:54 a.m., at which point he was shot in the right clavicle by NPD officer SS who was
sighting down the north hall. It is the round from Smith's handgun which later became the "extra handgun round fired by the suspect down the north
hall." NPD officers SS and WC cuffed the suspect, who appeared to be about 12 years old. WC continued on to Room 8, saw the horror, and returned to SS
and the suspect. The suspect was dragged into Room 10, and executed at 9:51:31 a.m. either with one of his own weapons, or with WC's M-4 rifle. There
are multiple indications that the suspect was alive before this point, to include 911 callers reporting, "He's screaming," and the fact that the
now-deceased suspect was described by incoming state police as being in the fetal position. NPD officer SS claimed his own M-4 rifle was stuck in his
vehicle, which may have provided WC the opportunity to hide any dirty weapons. If the suspect's own rifle was used to execute him, this rifle would
need to disappear; if WC's was used, WC's rifle would need to disappear. Swapping it for SS's clean weapon would have meant literally being able to
spirit it away from the scene, never to be tested. This may be why no bullets at the scene matched the weapon later designated as the "suspect rifle."
The "suspect rifle" used for state police photographs may have been Seabrook's, as the barrel was covered with white residue possibly resulting from
Seabrook's earlier break-and-rake of the safety glass in a side door of the school.