by Scott Creighton
The campus police involved in the UCF James Oliver Seevakumaran shooting have released what they claim to be the video made by police as they entered his dorm suite looking for an armed gunman. The video appears to be almost like a training video though some of the techniques are clearly flawed. An interesting little side note about the University of Central Florida:
“It is the headquarters for the National Center for Simulation (NCS), consortium of military-industrial corporations, government officials, and members of the academic elite. Their mission is to create an enviroment of “prepearedness” (conditioning, in other words) and their main focus is “training/simulation” activities. Mock terror/shooting drills.” Simon
UCF is completely in bed with the DoD. There is no telling what they have their hands into over there. Is it possible this is a drill of some kind? Watch the video and you tell me.
You will notice several things seem rather odd about this video. First of all, they are after a guy reported by the witness roommate to be in possession of an assault rifle yet they seem rather calm and the one big guy doesn’t even have his sidearm drawn as he walks through the majority of the suite. He only ends up pulling it out as he prepares to open the door where James is found.
The cops aren’t tactical team members. They seem to be wearing shirts, perhaps with vests underneath.
The guns are conveniently in range of the video camera, lying on the floor so everyone can see them.
There is no blood on the walls, ceiling or floor. It appears they show the body of James Oliver Seevakumaran lying near the handgun suggesting it was the 45 cal weapon that did him in. Again, no blood is seen.
The whole thing looks very staged from the reaction of the cop who enters the room to the way he was standing in a “ready position” right in front of a paper thin door expecting a live shooter on the other side.
Turn the volume down. The fire alarm sound effects are obnoxious.
Notice when they make entry into the first room at the beginning of the video. Remember, they are looking for a guy armed with an assault rifle at least… the guy with the gun-cam goes in “acting” as if he is clearing the room, but he NEVER checks the corner by the door as he comes in and in fact his partner who opened the door, comes in behind him without even drawing his gun.
The same cop who enters the first room without drawing his gun, finally gets ready to open the door to James’ room and sets himself and the third cop to get ready for entry. But he tells the other cop, the one with the camera, to get directly in front of the door as it would open, directly in the line of fire if someone inside were to open up as the door came open. Seems a little odd doesn’t it? But the camera man/ cop does what he is told and stands across the little hall, directly in front of the door. It certainly gives him a good angle to film from but it seems a little dangerous when confronting a potentially armed gunman.
The almost casual approach the cops took to this entry and the way they recklessly handled themselves makes me wonder about the authenticity of the video. Seems rather staged to me. It almost has a training film quality to it.