Only days after thousands of grieving Parkland students and families gave him a standing ovation on national television, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suddenly finds himself embroiled in controversy over his agency’s response to the worst high school shooting in U.S. history.
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Amid calls for his ouster, a defiant Broward Sheriff Scott Israel on Sunday defended his agency’s handling of the school shooting that killed 17 at a Parkland high school and pushed back against questions about whether local police could have thwarted the attack had they responded differently to a series of calls and tips about confessed killer Nikolas Cruz.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter made many white-supremacist comments on Instagram. His killing spree came as a new study reports a rise in hate groups in America to 954 organizations, including more than 600 that adhere to white supremacist views.
Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland school shooter, had few friends, no prospects, but lots of guns. A life of rage and rejection led him to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Florida’s deadliest school shooting.
Former prosecutors and legal experts believe multiple law enforcement agencies bungled many tips that could have led to the arrest of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz — and even confiscation of the AR-15 he used in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
The bureau’s national Public Access Line, manned by 100 civilian analysts in West Virginia, was a post-Sept. 11 reform created by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. The system was aimed at improving communication, but it bungled a tipster’s Jan. 5 warning that a troubled South Florida teen could shoot up a school.
The FBI briefed Senate Judiciary Committee staff on a tip the agency received in January describing a series of behavioral “red flags” — including pulling a gun on his mother — and labeling Nikolas Cruz a potential school shooter.
In a press conference Friday morning, Coral Springs police and firefighters came forward to share their stories of rescuing victims of the Parkland shooting. Several officers had family working or enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High the afternoon that Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former school.
President Donald Trump joined critics of a Broward deputy who resigned under pressure for his inaction during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting. But he may not have been the only officer who did not rush into the building in an effort to confront the shooter, which is standard police policy.
Hundreds of families visited the Parkland campus for a “reunification” day on Sunday. Teachers, staff and counselors were on hand as students picked up the textbooks and backpacks they left behind as they fled the Valentine’s Day shooting in which 17 died.
Daniel VarelaThe Miami Herald
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