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Chief Steve Anderson & Federal Partners Speak About Boston Bombings & Upcoming Music City Marathon

4/16/2013

April 16, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chief Steve Anderson this afternoon spoke with media representatives regarding Monday’s bombings in Boston, and safety planning for the upcoming Country Music Marathon on April 27th.  Joining Chief Anderson were FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Keith Moses, ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton and Acting United States Attorney David Rivera.
          
Here is an excerpt of Chief Anderson’s remarks:

There have been a number of media requests to our respective agencies since Monday’s tragedy in Boston.  We thought it best to collectively be available to you this afternoon.

Let me start by saying that I was shocked by yesterday’s attack on an American institution like the Boston Marathon.  Our thoughts today are with the victims, their families, the first responders who rushed to the aid of the victims, and now the law enforcement personnel who are working to identify and prosecute those responsible.

Prior to yesterday, the Nashville Police Department was in the planning process for the Country Music Marathon.  On behalf of Mayor Dean, I want to reiterate that all of us are absolutely committed to the safety and enjoyment of this event by runners, their families and race fans.  I also want to be clear that there is no known threat against the Country Music Marathon or marathons in general, for that matter.  Nevertheless, the events of yesterday will certainly now become a part of the safety and security plan.  Our partners with the FBI and ATF are working closely with us and will be a part of the meetings over the coming days.

Classified information developed by the FBI and other investigators in Boston is being shared with the appropriate members of our police department if that information will help protect Nashvillians and our visitors.  As Chief of Police, I am deeply appreciative of the very close working relationship we have with the FBI, ATF and U.S. Attorney’s Office.  We talk regularly and share information.  I assure you those talks are happening now at a heightened level, and will continue at that heightened level over the next several days.


What can citizens do to help?  Continue to be vigilant in your daily activities.  Be aware of your surroundings.  If you see something suspicious, let us know.  All of us watching out for each other is a key component of public safety.

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 Joining Chief Anderson at today’s media availability were ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton (left) and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Keith Moses.  Photo courtesy of Steven S. Harman/The Tennessean