Police View of Patriots Day

On April 15, 2013, two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon. The movie “Patriots Day” is the story of that tragedy, its aftermath and the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. At Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury’s law enforcement breakfast Friday, Bob Merner, who was with the Boston Police Department in 2013, helped lead that manhunt and helped capture the bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told the story.

Merner talked about what went right, how emergency personnel were able to clear the scene in 22 minutes, the challenges they had dealing with the media, and the lessons they learned. He also consulted on the movie in which Mark Wahlberg plays a character partially based on Merner and his role in the investigation.

Merner is now Assistant Police Chief and Chief of Detectives for the Seattle Police Department.

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