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Teachers' concerns about Nikolas Cruz were never relayed to police or to mental health workers evaluating whether to hospitalize him for psychiatric care, the South Florida Sun Sentinel has found

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Andrew Pollack, the grieving father whose daughter was one of 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, came face to face at last on Monday with two of the men he blames for failing to stop the massacre.

Andrew Medina, the former watchman criticized for his failure to call for a “code red” when Nikolas Cruz arrived on the high school campus, spent five and a half hours behind closed doors fielding questions about his actions on Feb. 14 last year, focusing on his failure to call a “code red” alert that would have immediately put the school on lockdown.

Also in the room was former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who stayed outside the building instead of moving to confront Cruz and eliminate the threat.

Both men are among the defendants in a negligence lawsuit brought by Pollack. Peterson will face questions of his own on Tuesday.

Medina and his attorney left their interview at 4:30 p.m. Both declined to comment.

Pollack made no effort to conceal his contempt for the defendants, calling them “sacks of turd” after spending hours sitting across from them.

Aside from icy looks, the men conducted themselves professionally, according to others in the room with them.

“In order to get accountability, this is what I have to do,” Pollack said. “He [Medina] contradicted himself many times. … This guy let [Cruz] walk in through the gate with a rifle bag — ‘I see crazy boy walking toward the school with his head down, beelining. He’s on a mission.’ — Now he comes in today like he’s got amnesia. He doesn’t remember saying that.”

As part of Pollack’s lawsuit, attorneys are entitled to question each defendant and other witnesses. Medina’s interview will be concluded at a later date. Peterson is scheduled to be questioned Tuesday.

While most interviews, formally called depositions, are taking place in law offices, Peterson and Medina are being questioned in the courthouse as a security precaution.

Medina and Pollack were last in each other’s presence earlier this month, when Pollack approached Medina at a youth baseball game in Parkland.

Pollack said he is dedicated to holding Medina, Peterson and others accountable for failing to stop Cruz.

Medina said Pollack put him in fear for his safety and wanted the judge to block Pollack from attending this week’s deposition, but the judge still let Pollack attend.

Late last year, Peterson also complained that some of Pollack’s online statements could be perceived as threats.

Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning ordered attorneys to hold depositions for Medina and Peterson in the courthouse, with deputies present.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - The father of a murdered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student faced a judge after being accused of confronting a...

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The father of a slain Stoneman Douglas High School student will be allowed in the courtroom when his lawyers question the former school watchman who saw the shooter, but failed to stop him from entering the campus last year, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Former security monitor Andrew Medina wanted Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning to block Andrew Pollack from a deposition scheduled for next week. Medina is one of the defendants in a lawsuit Pollack filed over the wrongful death of his daughter, Meadow Pollack, one of 17 people murdered by Nikolas Cruz at the Parkland high school.

Pollack admits he confronted Medina at a youth baseball game in Parkland on Feb. 6, frustrated that Medina was serving as a coach and role model to youths in the same community where he failed to protect students from a homicidal gunman.

While Pollack painted the encounter as a moment of restrained anger, Medina’s lawyers told the judge he felt intimidated and threatened when Pollack warned, “I’m not through with you yet.”

Medina told police Pollack had been harassing him online and defaming him in the media, allegations Pollack does not dispute.

Medina was coach of a baseball team that played in Parkland, but the city determined after the confrontation that his team did not have enough players from the city limits to continue playing in its park. Medina remains the team’s coach, but the team is now playing in Coral Springs.

Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Pollack said he never intended to threaten Medina with anything other than “holding him accountable” for his alleged inaction on Feb. 14.

In and out of the courtroom, he called Medina a “piece of garbage.” On Twitter, he called Medina an “incompetent sexual predator” and said “what Medina needs to be afraid of is my lawsuit.”

Medina was never charged with a crime and no sexual contact was alleged, but he was suspended for three days in 2017 for inappropriate conduct for comments he made toward two female students, one of whom was Meadow Pollack.

Attorneys will not be allowed to question Medina about those allegations, Englander Henning ruled, because they are not relevant to what happened Feb. 14, 2018.

Medina is the second defendant in Pollack’s civil case to ask a judge to keep Pollack at arm’s length during questioning by lawyers. Late last year, former Broward Deputy Scot Peterson, who served as school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, asked the judge to block Pollack from attending his deposition following online comments perceived as threats. The judge declined.

But both defendants will be questioned next week in the courthouse to ensure their safety, Englander Henning said.

Medina was not at Tuesday’s hearing.

Pollack said he intends to invite other Stoneman Douglas parents to the deposition.

“This has always been about accountability for the families, not about me,” he said.

Cruz, 20, is also a named defendant in the lawsuit, though his status as a criminal defendant makes it unlikely he will answer any questions in the civil case. He faces the death penalty.

The Washington Times

Published  2 months ago

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

Courts are issuing an unprecedented number of orders to seize firearms from people they deem to be mentally ill or threats to others, following a rash of state-level legislation aimed at curbing mass shootings across the country.


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'Every day I live it,' Andrew Pollack says of the school shooting about one year ago that left his 17-year-old daughter Meadow dead. From the steps of his camper, Andrew Pollack can see the cars speed by on University Drive. In the blur, he seems to stand still. Until not too long ago, he lived in a house close to this empty Coral Springs lot. He played lacrosse every week, worked out at the gym twice a day, enjoyed the life of a dad and a newlywed, kept politics at bay. Today is different. He's a nationall

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Published  3 months ago

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A wrongful death lawsuit will go forward against Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School security monitor Andrew Medina.

The family of slain student Meadow Pollack filed suit against Medina in August 2018 for failing to stop self-confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz after he saw the mass shooting suspect arrive on campus minutes before the massacre that left 17 people dead and 17 injured.

Attorneys for the Pollack family say Medina should have called a code red to lock down the school.

Medina’s attorney argued he did everything he could.

“He has about two minutes to do the right thing, your honor, the reasonable thing under the circumstances, the simplest thing, get on the radio and call a code red,” said Pollack family attorney David Brill in court on Wednesday.

Medina’s attorney countered, “Mr. Medina only has one radio, he only has one way of communicating and he used that one way of communicating to give a warning to everyone who was on that frequency,” said attorney Irwin Gilbert.

In a sworn statement, Medina admitted to seeing Cruz on campus minutes before the shooting, referred to him as the quote ‘Crazy Boy’ who always wore black or camouflage and had swastikas on his backpack.

In an interview with investigators, Medina is also heard telling them he knew who Cruz was and what he was capable of doing.


“I knew who the kid was because we had a meeting about him last year and we said if anybody was going to come to the school and shoot the school up, it’s going to be that kid,” Medina told investigators after the shooting.

Medina did not appear in court Wednesday.

Meadow Pollack’s outspoken father, Andrew, was not there either. He was in Tallahassee for his first State Board of Education meeting. Former Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed him to the position in early January.


Published  3 months ago

‘I blame the murderer for 50% of what happened,’ says Andrew Pollack. ‘There were so many people who didn’t care, who didn’t do their job.’

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Published  3 months ago

A final decision on the fate of embattled Broward Sheriff Scott Israel may come Friday.


Published  3 months ago

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.

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Published  3 months ago

Newly elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dropped the hammer on Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Friday and suspended him.

“Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty,” DeSantis said linking to the suspension notice.

Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty.

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 11, 2019

Governor DeSantis details the failures of Sheriff Scott Israel in handling shooter Nikolas Cruz going back to the several warnings his department received prior to the massacre.

“WHEREAS, prior to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff’s Office had a total of 21 interactions with the shooter, including two incidents that an internal affairs investigation later found warranted additional follow-up and

WHEREAS, the first of the above incidents occurred in February 2016 when the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter posted a picture of a gun with a statement similar to “I am going to get this fun when I turn 18 and shoot up the school”

WHEREAS, Broward County Deputy Eason, acting on behalf of and in place of Sheriff Israel, did not complete an incident report, but instead noted in CAD, “No threats noted and info forwarded to (SRO) Peterson at school.”

Earlier this week rumors were flying that Scott Israel’s suspension over his response to the Parkland shooting was imminent.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, refused to take responsibility for failing to confront gunman Nikolas Cruz as he shot dead 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.

Three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene but were standing outside the school.

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Published  3 months ago

Although there was no official word from Tallahassee on the day the new governor was sworn in, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel told his staff he was being suspended over BSO’s handling of the Parkland mass shooting.


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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told staff he was being suspended over BSO’s handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting. There was still no official word from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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A deputies’ union said Thursday afternoon that it has “no confidence” in Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

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Published  3 months ago

Newly-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is about to drop the hammer on Sheriff Scott Israel!

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is to be suspended over his response to the Parkland shooting.

The undersheriff is also expected to resign.

It’s about time!

The suspension is imminent and according to law enforcement sources, Israel is packing up his office.

Miami Herald reported:

It appears that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is preparing to pack up his office.

The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO’s handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources have told the Miami Herald.

DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a possible suspension. Israel’s discussions with staff about his ouster was first reported by Miami New Times.

Stuart N. Kaplan, one of Israel’s lawyers, said Israel was in his office at the public safety building in Fort Lauderdale working on Tuesday.

But Jeff Bell, BSO’s union chief, said Israel told his staff on Monday that his ouster was inevitable.

“We know that he is telling everyone at the public safety building that he is going to be gone,’’ said Bell, who was at DeSantis’ swearing-in ceremony in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

Several candidates have been mentioned as possible replacements, including former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, a Republican like DeSantis. But Bell would not indicate whether the union was backing anyone.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, refused to take responsibility for failing to confront gunman Nikolas Cruz as he shot dead 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.

Three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene but were standing outside the school.

Since the shooting last February, Republican lawmakers have been calling for the firing of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended, Undersheriff resigns.

— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 8, 2019

Published  3 months ago

The father of a student shot and killed during the Parkland school massacre has been appointed to the state Board of Education, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday evening.

For 52-year-old Andy Pollack, it is all about accountability.

“That word has haunted me since my daughter was murdered,” Pollack, of Coral Springs, said Friday night.

His daughter, Meadow, 18, a senior, was shot nine times during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Meadow’s body was found in a third-floor hallway. She was lying on top of the body of 14-year-old freshman Cara Loughran, as if protecting her.

Pollack’s term on the board began Friday and ends Dec. 31, 2022. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Ex-student Nikolas Cruz has confessed to killing 17 and wounding another 17 that day.

“What I hope to accomplish is accountability at a local level, to hold school boards accountable and superintendents accountable,” Pollack said.

Pollack has emerged as a politically outspoken voice since the shooting, advocating fiercely for school safety, and rubbing shoulders with powerful Republican politicians.

Among his other objectives, Pollack said, will be better pay for teachers and close scrutiny of how money for schools is spent.

Pollack, a property manager for Pollack Trust Rental Properties, was one of seven parents of students killed in school shootings across the nation featured on the cover of Time magazine last month.

Pollack met with President Donald Trump numerous times last year and even celebrated Hanukkah with him at the White House.

Pollack has also frequently appeared at Gov. Scott’s side at official government events and political gatherings.

In April, when Scott formally announced his Senate candidacy in Orlando, Pollack was there, standing immediately behind him. Pollack also was featured in a television ad stumping for Scott’s successful election to the U.S. Senate.

“We developed a relationship over the last 10 months and he knows what I’m capable of doing,” Pollack said of the outgoing governor’s confidence in him.


Published  3 months ago

Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based...

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Ten months after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, students are still exposed to potential danger.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, and other troubled students, have long escaped strict punishment for possible criminal behavior because of Broward Schools' culture of leniency that goes beyond its controversial Promise program.


Published  3 months ago

Authorities and school officials either failed to act or were unclear about procedures when confronting the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Feb. 14, reports show.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel released a minute-by-minute rundown of the Parkland shooting in “Unprepared and Overwhelmed.” The Sentinel acknowledged many teachers and police officers were “heroic,” but Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) were unprepared and disorganized.

The shooting left 17 people dead.

“A gunman with an AR-15 fired the bullets, but a series of blunder, bad policies, sketchy training and poor leadership helped him succeed,” the Sentinel wrote. (RELATED: Initial Findings Show Police And School Messed Up In Parkland Shooting)

There were three separate instances of school monitors failing to lock down the school and call for a Code Red, an indicator for people to hide in classrooms. A watchman spotted suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz on campus at 2:19 p.m., but no one called a Code Red until 2:24 p.m.

School monitor and baseball coach Andrew Medina — who was unarmed — first saw Cruz walk through the gates. Medina had previously referred to Cruz as “Crazy Boy” and even speculated he would someday shoot up the school, the Sentinel reported.

David Taylor was another school monitor who followed Cruz on the first floor before turning around at 2:21 p.m. Taylor told investigators he wanted to confront Cruz on the second floor of the building, but he hid in a janitor’s closet when the first shots were fired, according to the Sentinel.

There is also no trace that monitor Aaron Feis called a Code Red despite a ninth grader warning him about a person with a gun.

“You’d better get out of here,” Cruz allegedly told the freshman passing by. “Things are gonna start getting messy.”

The fire alarm added to the confusion, causing uninformed teachers and students to leave their classrooms unaware of the active shooter. Additionally, bathroom doors were required a key to unlock — reportedly to prevent students from vaping in them — and one of the teachers accidentally locked his classroom door behind him.

The district also failed to follow through on classrooms having “hard corners,” or places to be out of sight, after security experts advised teachers to do so. Only two teachers in the building designated hard corners in their classrooms.

Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, was the only armed person on campus before reinforcements arrived. He failed to confront the shooter, according to the report. Peterson ordered the school to go on lockdown at 2:25 p.m., but did not order deputies to head toward the building. He also remained in a sheltered location for 48 minutes.

“Basically, what we’re trained to do is just get right to the threat as quick as possible and take out the threat because every time you hear a shot go off it could potentially be a kid getting killed or anybody getting killed for that matter,” neighboring Coral Springs Officer Raymond Kerner said, the Sentinel reported.

The report also showed BSO’s disjointed 911 system was partially responsible for the slowed response time along with radio and video problems.

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Published  3 months ago

55 minutes of chaos: Two decades after Columbine and five years after Sandy Hook, educators and police still weren’t ready for Parkland.

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Published  4 months ago

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Stoneman Douglas Commission voted 13-1 on Wednesday to recommend that qualified teachers who volunteer to carry guns on campus be allowed to do so.

“The more people we have appropriately trained and appropriately equipped after their appropriately selected the safer the kids are because we have to get there in seconds,” said Commission Member Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County.

The idea is a controversial one and it came up repeatedly after the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 17 others injured.

Commission Chair Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the shooting at MSD proved to him that selected teachers who undergo background checks and extensive training can stop a school shooter.

He said this needs to a targeted program.

“It’s not just this en masse, ‘Oh if anybody wants a gun, have one,’” Gualtieri said. “That’s not what I’m saying. And it’s so important that people understand that.”

Gualtieri points to the fact that confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz stopped and reloaded his weapon numerous times as evidence that a teacher with a gun could have possibly prevented some of the bloodshed. Commissioner Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the shooting, said he supports the idea of recommending to the Florida legislature the idea of arming willing, trained teachers.

“I can’t get out of my head the visual of those teachers huddled in those classrooms at MSD with no ability to protect themselves or those students,” Petty told CBS4 News.

Petty said there are not enough school resource officers and armed guardians to go around and he — and other Commissioners — want restrictions lifted on the armed guardian program allowing willing teachers to be trained to carry guns on campus.

But Commissioner Max Schachter, whose son Alex died at the school, was the lone dissenting vote on the issue on the Commission.

“I don’t think teachers should be carrying guns,” Schachter said. “I think they have enough on their plate. I think their priority is teaching, It just creates a host of more problems.”

In the past Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has said he does not believe in arming teachers.

The state teachers union agrees with Runcie as do a number of the parents of Parkland victims, saying a better idea is to focus on protecting campuses and keeping bad guys off school grounds.


Published  4 months ago

This past weekend — almost 10 months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland — FBI officials held a meeting with the victims' families. At the gathering, FBI officials shared a transcript of a call to a tip line many of the surviving family members believe could have saved their children — had the FBI acted on the information and investigated Nikolas Cruz.But not all families attended. One parent, who has grown to be one of the most vocal and

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Published  4 months ago

It’s still hard to wrap our minds around the fact that Nikolas Cruz was able to slaughter all of those children in Parkland, Florida despite all the warnings and run-ins with the police. The system failed the community. The school failed the community. The local police failed the community. It’s just heartbreaking.

Now, it looks like the community is ready to make a big move and the mainstream media hasn’t really touched it.

This story actually popped up last week but somehow got lost in my inbox for a while. Down in Florida, in the school district where the horrific shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Stoneman Douglas Commission finally sat down to take a vote on one of many measures being considered to provide additional security for students and teachers in the event of future mass shooting attempts. The subject at hand was the concept of arming teachers who volunteer to undergo rigorous training and carry firearms at work.

Given the outrage expressed over the idea by many student activists and virtually everyone in the media, you might think this plan would never get off the ground. But it went the opposite way, with all but one of the commissioners voting in favor of the proposal. (CBS Miami)

Here’s more.

From CBS Miami:

The Stoneman Douglas Commission voted 13-1 on Wednesday to recommend that qualified teachers who volunteer to carry guns on campus be allowed to do so.

“The more people we have appropriately trained and appropriately equipped after their appropriately selected the safer the kids are because we have to get there in seconds,” said Commission Member Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County.

Definitely some good news. Obviously, the damage has been done but at least the committee understands that a good guy with a gun is the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun.

That’s a good step forward.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

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Published  5 months ago

A Parkland shooting victim’s father expressed his outrage on Saturday over the fact that his daughter’s killer is able to vote.

Andrew Pollack said he’s sick to his stomach because Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz is registered to vote.

His beautiful daughter, Meadow Pollack would have been able to vote in this midterm election if she were still alive, said Andrew Pollack.

Sheriff Israel allowed people into the jail this summer to register Nikolas Cruz and other animals to vote. Wonderful.

POLLACK: I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can’t let them steal this election.

I'm sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote.The Despicable Democrats have no shame.Can't let them steal this election.

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018

POLLACK: This election would have been my beautiful Meadow’s 1st election, but she wasn’t able to vote because 18-1958 murdered her during the Parkland shooting.

If she can’t vote because of that monster, why should he be allowed to register to vote? Shame on Sheriff Israel & SOE Snipes!

This election would have been my beautiful Meadow's 1st election, but she wasn't able to vote because 18-1958 murdered her during the Parkland shooting.

If she can’t vote because of that monster, why should he be allowed to register to vote? Shame on Sheriff Israel & SOE Snipes!

— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 10, 2018

On February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz carried out a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered 17 people and injured 17 others.

This evil mass murderer is now registered to vote after he took the lives of 17 people. Let that sink in.

Judicial Watch

Published  5 months ago

‘Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed.’

Four Officers on Scene at February 14 Parkland Shooting Did Not Enter School Building

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operation materials that specifically dictate that the first one or two officers on the scene of an active shooter incident “will immediately go to confront the shooter.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s Standard Operating Procedure and lesson plans for an active shooter incident were obtained by Judicial Watch via a Florida Sunshine Act records request.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that armed school resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson was first on the scene of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but he did not enter the school to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Three other deputies also arrived on the scene but did not enter, the sheriff’s office said. The Broward County materials direct that if four officers are on the scene of an active shooter incident they are to form a “Quad” formation and enter the building.

The lesson plan instructs officers to immediately confront a shooter:

History shows when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual (police, security, concealed carry person) they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves. Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop. Now, the first officer or two officers on scene will immediately go to confront the shooter. Military tactics work well in this situation. The two man “bounding overwatch” is our response.

Using lessons learned from Columbine (the 1999 high school massacre where officers waited for a SWAT team and allowed two shooters to continue) the first four responding officers are directed to form a “Quad” and approach from all directions:

During Columbine, the response to an ongoing shooting situation was to contain the suspect. After Columbine the International Chiefs of Police addressed the problem with the response and came up with the “Quad” or diamond formation. With the quad, the first four officers to respond entered the building with coverage in all directions. This was critical to address the concerns of officers who previously would not enter and just wait for SWAT.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference that “What I saw was a deputy [Peterson] arrive … take up a position and he never went in.” Israel said Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”

The lesson plan clearly states: “If you are on scene or in the area and hear gunshots, you should immediately access what you have and prepare to respond. Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed.”

The training materials also state that the first officers on the scene will “engage the suspect,” which Peterson did not do. “There are now three teams during Active Shooter Incident [Contact, Extraction and Rescue Task Force]: Contact Team: Is first on scene, 1-4 deputies, they will be actively engaging/searching for suspect (HOT ZONE).”

The lesson plan lists “priorities of life” as: 1) Hostages/victims; 2) Innocent Bystanders; 3) Police/deputies; and 4) Suspects. “If in doubt about going through the door after a suspect, think about the victims and where they stand on the list.”

The importance of a fast and effective response is emphasized: “Time is critical in each of these incidents. This is like no other crime. The motive is to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. Why? Because the bad guy knows ‘we’ are coming.”

An exercise designed for a lone deputy on the scene of an active shooting is intended to “get the deputy moving towards the gunfire, passing dead students and others running by him.” However, “there is no reason to give up a good position of cover” if the shooting has stopped. “Remember the cavalry is on their way, so it’s better to hold, than to expose yourself to unknown threats.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office Standard Operating Procedure states: “If real time intelligence exists the sole deputy or a team of deputies may enter the area and/or structure to preserve life. A supervisor’s approval or on-site observation is not required for this decision…. If the situation turns to a barricade or hostage situation the response team will contain, isolate, communicate and wait for SWAT.”

Records obtained by Judicial Watch also show that Sheriff Israel is the second highest paid of Florida’s 67 sheriffs at $186,631 for Fiscal Year 2017/18. The sheriff was eligible for $2,000 in supplemental pay for completion of a 20-hour training course. In 2016, Israel received a warning letter that he had not successfully completed the course and his supplemental pay was being withheld.

“These Broward County Sheriff’s Office documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that the law enforcement agency failed the victims of the Parkland shooting,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Lives were lost in Parkland because the Sheriff’s Office personnel were either poorly trained or failed to follow training protocols.”


Published  6 months ago

While embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been fundraising for Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum, one of the deputies’ unions for his department announced Friday their endorsement of Republican nominee Ron DeSantis.

“Ron has consistently stood with law enforcement and supported us in our mission to keep communities safe,” said Jeff Bell, president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, in a statement. “His opponent, Andrew Gillum, is hostile toward law enforcement.”

The statement cited Gillum’s signing of the “Freedom Pledge” drafted by a Florida activist group, the Dream Defenders, which advocates for minority rights, especially as they relate to the justice system. In 2013, the group famously occupied the state capitol for a month following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Miami-Dade.

The pledge includes support for the group’s “Freedom Papers,” which the union says includes anti-law enforcement language, such as saying “police and prisons have no place in ‘justice.’” The papers also state that police “were never meant to protect and serve me and you,” and “they started as slave catchers hired by wealthy plantation owners.”

“This is a blatant attack on our law enforcement community, an insult to the citizens we work to protect, and dishonors the memory of our fallen officers,” Bell wrote.

Johanna Cervone, spokeswoman for Gillum’s campaign, said Gillum, as the mayor of Tallahassee has always supported police.

“The mayor has been a strong ally of law enforcement in Tallahassee, investing in additional officers to help reduce crime across the city,” she wrote in a statement. “As Mayor Gillum has previously said, he will not take money from the private prison industry and instead will invest in community policing, smart justice and strategies that work with communities to reduce crime and create better opportunities for all Floridians.”

Gillum’s campaign has been supported by other sheriffs, such as Russell Gibson of Osceola County and Walt McNeil of Leon County.

It’s not the first time the Broward sworn deputies’ union has rebuked Israel, as the department has been splintered and politicized since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Israel, a Democrat, faced a wave of criticism surrounding the way he handled the shooting, and multiple inquiries are underway into the law enforcement response and the handling of previous calls for service regarding the shooter, Nikolas Cruz.

In April, the union’s majority voted in agreement that they had “no confidence” in Israel’s leadership.

This fall, Israel appeared at a Gillum fundraiser. When he was criticized by one of the Parkland parents, Andrew Pollack, for the connection, Gillum deflected by saying it was better to focus on gun policies.

“It’s unnecessary to pin individuals, families, victims or law enforcement against each other,” Gillum told the media in Plantation in September. “We have to put our attention on the kind of gun reform that will prevent these kinds of incidents from happening.”

DeSantis has said he would remove Israel from office if elected governor.

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MARTHA MACCALLUM (HOST): You know you watch some of these games, and Carolina researchers say that it does not lead to violent behavior, however we do know that many of these killers in the school shootings, and here as well, are people who have been under psychiatric treatment, they've been medicated for it and they spend 12, 15 hours a day like Nikolas Cruz was one of them, Adam Lanza and now this young man, gaming.

STEVE HILTON: The top neuroscientists now can actually show that extended exposure to these video games, all the overstimulation that comes with the games, the loud noises and the colors and the bangs and all that, it literally rewires your brain and it makes it harder for children who are doing this to control their emotions. That’s exactly what is a factor in these things because what it leads to is overresponding to a slight or to some kind of situation, if you didn’t have this stimulation you could let it go, if you overrespond it leads to conflict and violence in the real world.

I mean, look, when we think of other risks to children and their health, for example smoking, we actually take action and we ban those things for young people, and I think that there's a role for that now.

MACCALLUM: Great point.

HILTON: For things like overuse of smartphones and games, we can step in and say 'This is not supposed to be how kids should be raised,' and we can do something about it.

MACCALLUM: Yeah, I think you're so right. I think people used to smoke cigarettes at 13, 14 years old, now you’ve got people using this stuff all day long at those young ages and I think there’s going to come a time in our society when we look back and say, 'Can you believe we let kids play those games for hours and hours in their cars, in their bedrooms, in the basement?' Something we really need to wake up to.

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A new report found Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz asked school officials for help months before he allegedly gunned down 14 fellow classmates and three adults—but the school district “did not follow through."

That failure by school officials was singled out in a court-ordered report released Friday into the school district’s handling of Cruz’s behavioral issues. While more than half of the report was redacted, the blacked-out sections of the document could still easily be read by copying and pasting into a separate document, a trick used by The Sun-Sentinel to release the unredacted report on Friday.

Among the conclusions in the report, authored by the Collaborative Educational Network of Tallahassee, are two glaring instances in which Broward school officials failed to act in accordance with laws governing the treatment of students with disabilities.

In Cruz’s junior year, after he had already begun exhibiting behavior so disturbing it led to guidance counselors wanting to have him committed, the teenager sat down with education specialists to discuss his options for further schooling. He was told he could transfer to Cross Creek, a school tailored for students with special needs; sue the Broward school district; or stay at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School without any special counseling. According to a review of that meeting featured in the new report, school officials left out one crucial fact: Cruz was still entitled to special assistance at Stoneman Douglas if he chose to stay.

Being unaware of this option, however, Cruz—whose developmental delays were flagged at age 3—was reportedly stripped of counseling services and left to fend for himself as a “regular student.”

Months later, when Cruz changed his mind and sought to transfer to Cross Creek, the school district “did not follow through,” according to the report. He dropped out on Feb. 8, 2017, due to failing grades, and three days later purchased an AR-15, the same one used a year later in what has now become one of the deadliest school shootings in the U.S.

Published  8 months ago

In the year leading up to the shooting, Parkland killer Nikolas Cruz was stripped of the therapeutic services disabled students need, leaving Cruz to navigate Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a regular student despite mounds of evidence that he wasn’t.

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Published  9 months ago

High level sources within the Broward County Sheriff’s office exclusively revealed to Big League Politics that disgraced Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is set to be removed from his position as Sheriff next week.

According to the source, Sheriff Israel is being removed from office for criminal issues, not malfeasance, following an investigation conducted by the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott. The source exclusively revealed to Big League Politics that Sheriff Israel is also allegedly being investigated by the IRS.

The high-level police source within the Sheriff’s Office disclosed that over the last several months, four candidates have been interviewed to refill the position of Broward County Sheriff. One of the candidates who were interviewed is Emery Giany, a Republican Florida law enforcement official who is closely associated with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

During the IG’s testimony last week, FBI director Christopher Wray was asked about the Parkland school shooting. When asked, Wray declined to answer any questions about the shooting and Sheriff Israel, citing that it was an active FBI investigation. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Scott called for Director Wray to resign over the FBI’s failure to properly investigate Nikolas Cruz, 19, the school shooter whose plans to carry out a school shooting were reported to the FBI twice prior to the shooting on Valentine’s Day.

“We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign,” Governor Scott said.

According to the source in the Broward Sheriffs office, Sheriff Israel’s removal revolves around a criminal matter that the FBI is aware of. Although his failures surrounding the Parkland shooting initially sparked the investigation, it isn’t the sole reason why he is being removed.

The high-level source who wished to remain anonymous told Big League Politics that Sheriff Israel is already aware of the fact that he is being removed from office next week.

Sheriff Israel has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the of the Parkland school shooting, which left 17 people dead. Following the Valentine’s Day school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it was revealed that police officers under Sheriff Israel’s order were called to the home of the Parkland shooter 45 times prior to the school shooting.

It is unclear why law enforcement officials law enforcement at the Broward County Sheriff’s office and FBI failed to properly investigate Cruz, but their massive failure has been directly attributed to the loss of 17 lives in Parkland, FL.

Since the Parkland shooting, a lot of unflattering information has come out regarding Sheriff Israel. Along with being a mouthpiece for Democratic politicians and gun control advocates, like Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz who he has been photographed with, Sheriff Israel and his department have recently made headlines for more controversy.

In May, it was revealed that Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and the Broward County Sheriff’s office were keeping quiet the fact that Sheriff Israel’s son, Brett, had allegedly assaulted a 14 year old student on campus in an act of bullying.

Shortly after the Parkland shooting, cell phone video filmed by Cruz himself revealed that he himself felt bullied, which lead him to carry out a massacre on February 14, 2018 in a targeted attack against his former classmates.

Most recently, Sheriff Israel received a massive amount of backlash after the Broward County Sheriff’s office tweeted a picture of a new custom made Broward sheriff’s car that read, “Our new #dodge #charger. Do you like the paint job?”

The tweet sparked outrage online from Republicans and Democrats alike who quipped that the Broward Sheriff’s office should use the funds to pay for better officer training, not new cars. Leaders on both sides of the aisle have called for Sheriff Israel to resign or be removed by the Governor for his extreme dereliction of duty and failure to prevent one of the worst schools shootings in US history.

During the Florida GOP Primary debate in Florida last week, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Rep. Ron DeSantis were asked about the Parkland school shooting. Both Putnam and DeSantis called for the removal of Scott Israel while asserting their support of the Second Amendment.

“I would have removed that sheriff from Broward County. He failed his citizens and he should have been removed,” DeSantis said.

“Sheriff Israel is under investigation and he needs to go,” Putnam said.

Governor Scott is expected to release a statement in the coming week when Sheriff Israel is removed from office. Scott is currently running for US Senate in Florida, and news of Sheriff Israel’s removal is sure to boost his approval rating in what is gearing up to be one of the most important Senate races in the country.

In the days following the Parkland shooting, Sheriff Scott Israel was confronted and asked about his support of and affiliation with the Democratic Party and why he chose to blame guns instead of holding his department and the FBI accountable. Unable to withstand tough questioning, Sheriff Israel became flustered and ended the interview after saying, “the only person accountable for this killing is the detestable, cowardly, murderer. He is solely responsible for this horrific act.” However, as the investigation into Parkland has shown, both Sheriff Israel and the FBI dropped the ball and are to blame for their failure to prevent the shooting despite receiving multiple warning signs.

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House Democrats just passed some of the most sweeping and sneaky anti-Second Amendment legislation in decades.

H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, are two Trojan horse bills that seek to impose onerous restrictions on gun sales under the pretense of preventing dangerous criminals from obtaining firearms.

National gun registries, endless background screenings, and prohibitive wait times are what these bills are all about. They represent a concerted effort to discourage Americans from buying, selling, or owning a firearm.

While neither of these bills would do anything to stop gun violence, they would make it almost impossible for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment liberties freely by entangling them in a web of bureaucracy.

H.R. 8, which was the first bill passed by the House, would impose so-called “universal” background checks on gun sales and transfers, but that’s only a facade. What the legislation really aims to do is impose complex and burdensome restrictions on what law-abiding gun owners can do with their property.

While there are many dangerous ramifications to this bill, at its core, it would criminalize private sales and transfers that occur without direct government oversight and regulation. Virtually any sale of a firearm from one American to another would become illegal without first completing a background check, and even transfers of firearms between family members and friends would be subject to complex rules that could cause even diligent gun owners to inadvertently run afoul of the law.

Currently, private gun owners are not required to identify themselves to the federal government — an important protection against a national gun registry that H.R. 8 would severely weaken.

H.R. 8 is only step one of the Democrats elaborate plan, though. H.R. 1112 is even sneakier than its sister bill, making it possible for the government to prevent law-abiding citizens from purchasing a gun even if they pass a background check.

Current law allows the FBI three days to complete a background check on someone purchasing a firearm from a registered dealer, a provision designed to protect your Second Amendment right from bureaucratic slow-walking.

The new legislation would give the FBI up to 10 business days to conduct a background check, but would require the would-be purchaser to file a petition if the timeline is not met, at which point the FBI would have an additional 10 business days to act upon the petition. As Georgia Rep. Doug Collins pointed out on the House floor, however, this timeline can stretch beyond the window of 30 calendar days during which the original background check is valid, forcing the purchaser to start the whole process over again.

H.R. 1112 removes the incentive for FBI agents to complete background checks in a timely manner, threatening to put American gun buyers into a perpetual loop of wait lines that never end.

Given that 7,043,975 background checks were performed in 2018 — or nearly 20,000 per day — one can just imagine the backlog that would ensue if authorities had so much leeway to restrict sales.

We’ve already seen how bureaucrats can abuse such discretion for political purposes, such as when IRS employees targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status with unnecessary delays.

Keep in mind, neither H.R. 8 nor H.R. 1112 would have any effect on criminals looking to do wrong, because criminals don’t go to the FBI seeking permission before buying a gun. As the Obama administration noted in a 2013 memo, the overwhelming majority of criminals who acquire firearms do so either through straw purchasers or by stealing — both of which are already illegal.

Moreover, background checks aren’t even a reliable way of preventing deranged individuals from obtaining firearms, since they can’t predict a person’s future actions. Parkland, Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, for instance, passed a background check that allowed him to buy the gun he used to massacre 17 people.

Fortunately, Senate Republicans are certain to reject both bills, and President Trump has already vowed to veto them if they somehow reach his desk.

Still, the Democrats’ sneaky effort to undermine the Second Amendment offers a chilling preview of the agenda they would advance if they ever get control of two branches of the federal government again.

Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) is executive vice president at The Trump Organization.

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