The landlord of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik's apartment pulled down the plywood blocking its door and invited media in on Friday. Media — including journalists from CNN, BBC, and MSNBC — as well as the general public sorted through documents, took pictures of prayer beads, and inspected the home of the attackers who took 14 lives at San Bernardino's Inland Regional Center earlier this week.
Mashable spoke to an FBI spokesperson, who said she did not believe the apartment was open to the public. "My understanding is it is still an ongoing investigation," she said. Journalists, however, were quick to share images not only on news outlets but across social media, as well. The jam-packed apartment was even live-streamed on Periscope by Dwaine Scott of NBC News.
The media, despite being in the apartment, was shocked that media was in the apartment.
CNN's law enforcement analyst appears shocked by what CNN's reporters (and other reporters) are doing.— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) December 4, 2015
CNN’s @StephanieElam says she’s seen “passports, drivers licenses, social security cards…” Is there a reason police didn’t take those?— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) December 4, 2015
Mashable's Brian Rees then tweeted that the FBI search is over at the home of the San Bernardino suspects.
Breaking: FBI LA to me just now on #SanBernardino suspects’ apartment: "The search is over at that location.” Press conf. at 11 a.m. PT.— Brian Ries (@moneyries) December 4, 2015
However, having media and the public search through important documents and a crime scene — even if it no longer remains an open crime scene — seems like it might interfere with an ongoing investigation.
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