July 14 Holiday in resort of Nice, France. Big fireworks display. Piece of trash Tunisian take giant white truck . Drives along main beach road: the Promenade de Anglais. Kills 84 and wounds 331. Half killed not from Nice. Two Americans. Quite a few children.
Yes you saw it on your television! There were over 60 news agencies covering the story. Not repeat story or get into why we did not pubish our blog for a whole week.
Our thrust is HOW DID A HUGE TRUCK GET ON PROMENADE????? All vehicles were banned! At first, we were the only “news agency” raising the question!!!
Publicity was handled by the government in Paris. All they were talking about was what brand of Islam did the killer come from. Finally the head of the police union talked. Simply there were not enough police “available” for the huge crowd.
This consisted of 20 French Army soldiers (walking in groups of 4); 64 National Police and 42 Municipal Police. Most of the National police were CRS (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité). The task for which they are best known is crowd and riot control and re-establishment of order.
Remember the police killer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana? He was armed with an “assault rifle”. What does it take to stop a big truck? Right! an “assault rife”. Or a grenade. Only police in Nice with “assault rifles” were the Army.
At the point the truck entered the Promenade (rue Gambetta) there were wooden barricades. Truck just drove around them. It took a National Policeman to climb on truck and shoot driver.
Truck finally stopped outside “our” office at La Canne à Sucre. Two kilometers past the barricades
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