Media members bombarded into the San Bernardino apartment of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik Friday afternoon, after the property’s landlord pried off the board covering the door.
With cameras armed, MSNBC caught the first images of the Farook and Malik’s apartment. A driver’s license, various pictures, and multiple Korans were shown live on television.
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CBS News quoted the landlord as saying he didn’t allow media to enter the property, “they rushed.” However, the landlord reportedly provided interviews when media went inside the apartment and later seemed to suggest he didn’t prevent media from entering and looking around.
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Less than 48 hours since the massacre had taken place, many were left wondering why the media was in the apartment of two terror suspects – potentially contaminating a crime scene.
David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told reporters on Friday that investigators had released the apartment back to the landlord after they served a search warrant.
He said what happens after that, he said, has “nothing to do with us.”
Reporters did not press the FBI official on why investigators left behind driver’s licenses, a Social Security card, documents and other evidence.
CNN’s law enforcement analyst, Harry Houck, said he got “chills” watching members of the media contaminate the home of the San Bernardino killers.
“I don’t see any fingerprint dust on the walls where they went in there and checked for fingerprints for other people that might have been connected with these two,” he said. “You’ve got documents laying all over the place; you’ve got shredded documents…You have passports, you’ve got drivers’ licenses — now you have thousands of fingerprints all over inside this crime scene.”
“I am so shocked, I cannot believe it,” Houck said.
Watch some of the footage below:
TheBlaze quickly reached out to San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s office, but the press officer was in shock of what was taking place, telling the TheBlaze he had “no clue” what was happening, despite the events playing out on live television.
San Bernardino Sheriff's office tells TheBlaze that he has "no clue" who would have authorized reporters to enter suspect's home.
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