Media Storms San Bernardino Shooters' Home: Why Did FBI Allow It?

  • by: Alan Duke

MSNBC apologized for airing live personal documents found inside the home of the San Bernardino shooters after the landlord invited the news media inside Friday.

"MSNBC and other news organizations were invited into the home by the landlord after law enforcement officials had finished examining the site and returned control to the landlord," the MSNBC statement said. "Although MSNBC was not the first crew to enter the home, we did have the first live shots from inside. We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review."

Dozens of journalists rushed into the home of the two people blamed for killing 14 people in San Bernardino after the landlord opened the door Friday.

Investigators had completed their search of the Redlands, California, home, but still reporters with cameras found passports, drivers licenses and other documents.

"I'm having chills down my spine," CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck said as he watched it happening live. "what I'm seeing here this apartment clearly is full of evidence."

Houck observed that there was no indication that investigators had checked the walls for fingerprints that might identify others who had been in the home and may be connected to the attack.

The crime scene should have been locked up with crime scene tape surrounding it, he suggested. "This is Detective 101, for crying out loud."

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