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National Law Enforcement Museum to Host Boston Marathon Bombing Panel Discussion

September 30, 2015

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Museum’s next Witness to History panel discussion: Boston Marathon Bombing will be held in the Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial, on October 7, 2015, at 7:00 pm. The April 15, 2013, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon finish line rocked the nation and put Boston on high alert. Police officers, firefighters, and EMS rushed to help the hundreds of wounded bystanders and law enforcement created a multi-agency command center within hours of the bombing, while the Boston FBI field office took charge of the investigation. The five-day manhunt ended just outside Boston in suburban Watertown, Massachusetts.

At this Witness to History event, hear directly from former Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, Watertown (MA) Police Department Sgt. John MacLellan, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz as they detail their experiences managing the response to the attack. The panel discussion will be moderated by former WUSA anchor and reporter Frank Bond.


    Richard DesLauriers, former Special Agent
    Sgt. John MacLellan, Watertown (MA) Police Department
    Carmen M. Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts


    National Law Enforcement Museum Panel Discussion Series
    Witness to History: Boston Marathon Bombing 


    Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    Reception at 6:00 pm
    Program7:00-8:30 pm



    Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial
    701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20004
    Metro: Green/Yellow Line to Archives

    The Museum’s Witness to History program—generously funded by Target—began in June 2011 with a presentation by former Dallas (TX) Homicide Detective Jim Leavelle who recounted his experience as the detective assigned to escort Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspect accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy, on the day Oswald himself was shot and killed. Since the inaugural Witness to History event, the Museum has presented 11 events covering topics ranging from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to serial killers—specifically, the case of the Green River Killer. Video recordings and photographs from the events are available to view on the Museum website.

    Admission is free and this event is open to the public. Space is limited; registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by October 5, 2015. For more information, contact, call 202.737.7869, or visit

    NOTE: Media representatives planning to cover this event are required to register, in advance, by contacting Steve Groeninger at or 202.737.7135.

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    About the National Law Enforcement Museum
    Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly-underground institution located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984. The Memorial Fund is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

    Steve Groeninger | 202.737.7135