CNN Caught Red Handed: CNN video of police charge at Sandy Hook is not Sandy Hook


Ralph Lopez

At the words “they arrived to carnage,” the CNN Anderson Cooper report cuts to helicopter footage of seven police officers charging across a parking lot and toward a school. It is breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting just hours earlier.

The three-minute report posted on the day of the shootings at the official CNN website is entitled “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School.” But the school is almost certainly not Sandy Hook.

CNN Caught Red Handed CNN video of police charge at Sandy Hook is not Sandy Hook

It is St. Rose of Lima School, a private school a few miles away, also in Newtown. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the site where 20 school children were killed on December 14, 2012, and 6 adults. Two adults were wounded, Natalie Hammond and another whom police have not named.

CNN: “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School,” at official CNN Youtube channel


The helicopter footage is broadcast at 8 seconds into the CNN report, and again at time stamp 1:02. A close examination of the landscaping, parking lot markings, and the distinct curvature of the sidewalk reveals that no such terrain exists at Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, a Google Earth satellite photo shows the true location almost beyond a reasonable doubt. After circulating across the Internet for a time, photographic evidence seems to bear out that doubts were founded.

It is not known whether the rush to the building of the seven officers seen in the clip is a drill. Also unknown is when it took place.

The GPS coordinates of the area of the St. Rose of Lima School in question are: latitude 41.415154, longitude -73.297764. The street address which can be entered into the Google Earth search box to find the location is 40 Church Hill Rd, Newtown, CT. Google Earth is an Internet tool which allows Internet users to view satellite photos of any place on the planet in minute detail. Users can instantaneously zoom in on details as small as cars or streetlights.

In the disputed CNN footage, at time stamp :08 seconds, police can be seen running around a curved landscape feature from which diagonal lines radiate on the parking lot asphalt. At 1:02 (one minute and 2 seconds) the same clip is played again, more extensively. Officers run onto a long, curving white sidewalk next to a building. A utility room of some sort can be seen on the roof, near a metallic, grill-like device, perhaps a solar collector.

An examination of a satellite photo of Sandy Hook shows no such grouping of features. An examination of the satellite photo of St. Rose of Lima School, however, shows the exact features in detail. It is nearly indisputable that the the site where the officers are shown running is St. Rose of Lima School, not Sandy Hook.

In the CNN report, the second appearance of the footage takes place in the context of a cut to Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police at a press conference on that day. The script runs as follows:

Vance (at press conference): “Off-duty troopers responded to the school, and with Newtown police immediately upon arrival, entered the school and began a complete active shooter search of the building.”

As the report cuts to the charging officers, the CNN voice-over says:

“They arrived to carnage.”

The clip was run on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” The theme of Cooper’s 360 program is “Keeping them honest.”

CNN report, “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School,” screen shot at 8 seconds, police storming building




CNN report, “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School,” screen shot at 1 minute, 1 second




CNN report, “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School,” screen shot at 1 minute, 2 seconds




Sandy Hook Elementary School, satellite photo




St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown, CT, with area of detail (Google Earth)




St. Rose of Lima School, Newtown, CT, with detail (Google Earth)





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7 Responses

  1. Robin says:

    It might have been FEMA practicing drills. There was one scheduled for Newtown on that very day.

    • Mer says:

      You’re right maybe it was. Isn’t it SUCH a coincidence that there were drills that mirrored 9/11 going on while 9/11 was happening… same with 7/7 in London? Yeah its just so weird.

  2. pukeball says:

    So some idiot in a helicopter showed up to the wrong school that’s only a mile away to be the first on the scene. Big whoop. You guys will find anything and run with it won’t you? There are like 6 schools all within a mile of each other in that area. And it can be expected that a small police force would visit the other schools nearby to ensure their safety as well. So this chopper goes to find the school, sees a cop car at a school in the town and stops. They later realize that they’re stupid just like everyone else. All of the “discrepancies” in the story happened within 48 hours of the shooting, the video errors were all within hours of the shooting. It sounds to me more like typical media hype to be the first to report to get more market share, thus boosting their profits. I’ve lost all faith in these conspiracy ideas because they are twisting facts harder than they even claim the media has. Most of their articles “exposing” this are a month after they aired live, yet the site would have you believe it just happened when the site posted it. Like the Jan 15 “confession” that no assault rifle was used where the clip goes on to say “and on Dec 11, on Tuesday this week” which clearly dates the live video feed, since the shooting happened on a Friday. Some of the sites cut of just before it, but the link on the Independent Journal posted the whole clip, revealing their own fraud to everyone. here is the link to watch the second half of the video on a site that believes like you do. You so-called “truthers” are a disgrace, lying and manipulating to turn incompetence into a conspiracy. This is a true tragedy and you are being very disrespectful to the families of the victims.

    • Heman says:

      Pukeball. Your comment like your name. Puke over all conspiracy theories and hey presto! anything seeming to be a conspiracy is a load of balls. Who was it that said “…but you cannot fool all people all the time?” Some actor, I think, but he got it right.

  3. Booyah Slim says:

    The CNN “Caught Red Handed” story and use of Google Earth, all appears on the up and up, if all of this is being reported accurately and you can bet that its verasity “will be” questioned,but if this is all a-okay then CNN has a real problem.Just like the “United Way” story with United Way “reporting” the shooting “four days” prior to it actually taking place. “If that’s real”… If… and if, this all checks out,someone had better take appropriate action. It’s all too wierd and bizarre for the level of credibility everyone just takes for granted with these types of stories and the related reporting.

  4. david frobel says:

    may be , but google picks were taken a few years ago and are not real time,,may be they had done some construction,,i still have a car in the parking lot of my bulding that i had sold 3 years ago.

  5. boyohboy says:

    Ideed media incorporated the “drill” scenario pictures. How convenient? They are criminal elements as well as any abettig this entire fake scenario.

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