Shutting down an entire city isn't an easy thing to do and is something that just is not normally done. Many in law enforcement are saying they've never seen anything like this before but when you have a different type of criminal, a terrorist on the streets of America, you have to come up with a different type of police tactic such as shutting down an entire major U.S. city.
It is about as surreal a situation as you can find. "It's eerie in the city now. It just feels weird. There's a weird vibe in the city," says Boston resident Bill Taylor. Millions are like Taylor locked inside their homes in and around Boston as law officers search for a terrorist who bombed the Boston marathon. Instead of school buses and rush hour traffic, swat teams, bomb squads and police officers filled his neighborhood. "Even black hawk helicopters. Those went over, like 200 yards in the air right down my street. It's kind of weird seeing a military helicopter flying at a pretty low altitude basically going down the street. I think I've seen one person walk down my street today and no traffic, only police traffic," Taylor explains.
Life is clearly far from business as usual in Boston. "It can't continue on as business as usual. It's not business as usual," says Don Clark who led Houston's FBI for years. Clark says he has never seen anything like law enforcement shutting down an entire city. "We would ask for certain sections, certain areas to be cordoned off so you can go and do your business but to close down a city like this, in my 25 years I never saw it. You had a tragic incident to occur. It's only reasonable to say look we have to do this. We don't have a choice," says Clark.
Law enforcement is also encouraging us to always report something that seems suspicious. Apparently a number of people at the marathon saw the suspects put the bags on the ground and walk away but no one said anything about it until after the deadly bombs went off. "We want to remind the public when you see something suspicious, see something say something. Report it," suggests Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland.
Almost as unusual as the need to lock down an entire city, Boston residents overwhelmingly are complying. Bill Taylor says that's simple. He says "This is our town and our way of fighting back". Taylor goes on to say "It's just kind of an eerie feeling but at the end of the day if they bring people to justice and this is going to end this could actually be a great day". "We have no idea yet if this indeed will become the "great day" Taylor is referring to.