Update (3:08 p.m.): Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray following the federal departments failure to act on legitimate tips about the Parkland school shooter.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, “it is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed,” Sessions wrote in a statement. “We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Governor Scott said. “… 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,” Scott said.
2/16/18 (12:57 p.m.) The FBI has just released a statement admitting that they were contacted by a person close to Nikolas Cruz, the Florida school shooter who killed 17 and wounded 14 more, one month before the massacre.
The caller contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line tipline to report Cruz’s desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts, the potential for Cruz to conduct a school shooting and his gun ownership.
However the FBI failed to follow protocol and notify the FBI field office in Miami and no other action was taken.
“Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken,” the FBI stated.
This is the 2nd extremely specific notification the FBI received about Cruz’s potential to commit mass murder at a school and no meaningful action was taken. The first was the YouTube post that was reported.
Law enforcement continually tells civilians that “if you see something, say something.” But what’s the point if no action is taken when something is said?
You can view the entire official FBI statement HERE.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in the statement, “we are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly.”
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”