Mayor on Suspect’s Condition: ‘Who Cares’


Boston Mayor Tom Menino didn’t mince words when asked about the marathon bombing suspect currently under heavy guard at Beth Israel Hospital after Friday’s manhunt.

“Who cares,” Menino answered reporters when asked about the man’s condition.

When asked about the condition of the MBTA officer who was injured during Friday’s manhunt, Menino was softer in his response.

“He’s showing some improvement. It’s encouraging to us,” he said.

The mayor was attending a celebration marking the grand opening of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s new hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard Saturday night and spoke to reporters prior to the event.

When asked about the events of the past week, Menino said, “This city has never worked more efficiently than it has the past week.”

He commended public safety personnel, city workers, businesses and residents for their cooperation during the citywide shelter-in-place order on Friday.

“We can’t forget what those individuals did or what they tried to do,” he said. 

Asked when residents could expect Boylston Street to reopen, the mayor said he did not know and that the FBI was still investigating the scene.

“We’re still waiting for the FBI to release Boylston Street to us,” he said, adding that it should take 12 hours once the scene was released to the city to make it ready for public access again. 

South End Patch