UPDATE: VIDEO OF MEDIA CONTAMINATING CRIME SCENE! Bizarre scene as dozens of reporters crowd into Bernardino shooters' apartment TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE!
This is clearly illegal. Where's the police? Who ordered them to back off? Less than 24 hours since attack and reporters bum rush into the home of terrorists. Fox News reporter on scene was just talking about receipts of ammunition purchases laying on kitchen table. This is criminal! It has tampered/contaminated a federal crime scene... This was clearly allowed by Obama administration officials... what is going on?! This is a much bigger story...
More to come. This is a developing story...
The landlord of the townhouse rented by the suspects in the San Bernardino shooting invited journalists into the house on Friday, showing them around the home where the authorities had found pipe bombs and ammunition.
The scene of dozens of reporters and camera crews trampling through the home and picking up documents raised troubling questions about the handling of the investigation, considering that the authorities are still investigating the couple and their motive.
Television footage showed papers strewn around the room, among toys and a baby walker. Journalists were seen in a packed closet, peering into what looked like a crawl space.
There were images of religious texts, including a prayer book in Arabic and one that purported to help the faithful avoid mistakes during prayer.
In what appeared to the living room, a sparkly wall-hanging typical of the banners that recount the 99 names for Allah was affixed to the wall. A sticker was attached to a piece of furniture, saying, in part, “Praise be to Allah who relieved me from suffering and gave me relief.”
Stephanie Elam, a CNN correspondent, picked up the wife’s prayer beads at one point and then took viewers into a closet to show a hole in the ceiling she said was created by investigators.
“I’ve seen passports. I’ve seen drivers’ license,” she said, adding later, “There are signs that this room has been ransacked, before the media got here.”
A man named Doyle Miller was interviewed on the scene and identified on CNN as “Killers’ Landlord.”
The trailer at the bottom of the screen read: “LANDLORD INVITES MEDIA INTO KILLERS’ HOME.”
On Friday afternoon, a landlord allowed reporters to tour inside the apartment of suspected San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. NBC's Kerry Sanders rummaged through the couple's belongings, including family photographs, Arabic-language work books, and gifts for the six-month-old child they left behind. Several other outlets photographed the residence, which had already been investigated by federal officials as part of the ongoing investigation. Some national legislators expressed dismay that the public would be allowed into the home while investigations are still in process. The landlord claimed he did not "allow" media into the house, but that they "rushed in" when he opened it.