Richard DesLauriers, head of the FBI's Boston division, fended off questions of friction between his office and local law enforcement before giving the commencement address at his alma mater, Assumption College, the Boston Globe reports. DesLauriers said his agency works “shoulder-to-shoulder” with local law enforcement officers, despite a congressional hearing that suggested a possible breakdown in intelligence-sharing regarding the 2011 investigation of Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
DesLauriers said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, “a great friend,” called him within three minutes of last month's twin explosions asking for help, and it came in the form of immediately dispatched federal special forces teams. Davis’ testimony last week before the House Homeland Security Committee elicited angry responses from several congressmen who railed about a lack of information sharing. Reaction to the hearing prompted Davis and DesLauriers to release a joint statement Friday assuring the public that “our agencies have, and continue to have, a close, strong, and effective partnership.” The statement acknowledges questions about the level of cooperation between the agencies but says asking questions “should not be confused with a reasonable evaluation of the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter.”