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US More Parkland parents sue FBI over botched tips about school shooter

09:20  14 february  2020
09:20  14 february  2020 Source:   latimes.com

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Jaime Guttenberg died in the Parkland school shooting . Now her parents are suing the FBI . The bureau said the tip should have been forwarded to its Miami field office. It wasn’t the only missed “We clearly should have done more ,” FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich told the Senate Judiciary

Both tips suggested that Cruz was a school shooter in the making, but neither was sent to agents in South Florida to check out. The FBI had no jurisdiction on the Parkland school shooting what so ever. The FBI , like most agencies of Fedzilla, has been completely corrupted by eight years of the

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Another set of parents are suing the FBI over how the agency botched tips about the Parkland shooter, leading to their child’s death in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

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Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan, the parents of Meadow Pollack, who was 17 when she was shot a total of nine times during the massacre, filed their lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

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The FBI phone operator who took the tip that Cruz “was going to slip into a school and start shooting the place up” never passed it along to the The parents of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, 14, filed a wrongful death suit against the agency in November. The families of other Parkland victims

At least two Parkland families who lost children in the shooting — Philip and April Schentrup and Fred Guttenberg — have filed lawsuits against the FBI over its mishandling of tips “The FBI ’s failure to investigate and act on specific tips about the shooter is inexcusable, and I am glad, after more than

The lawsuit resembles ones filed by the parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Carmen Schentrup in November 2018. Guttenberg and Schentrup also were killed in the school shooting.

Their parents sued the FBI, saying the agency was liable for their deaths.

Pollack’s suit is similar. It argues that the FBI bears responsibility for the deaths, given that it was sitting on two separate tips about Nikolas Cruz’s violent behavior, mental instability and large cache of firearms.

According to the complaint, the FBI received its first tip about Cruz in October 2017, five months before the shooting.

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How the FBI botched tips about the Parkland school shooter . Hearing nothing more from the Sheriff’s Office, Hamel called the FBI on Jan. 5, 2018, saying Cruz had an Instagram post saying he wanted to kill people, and she feared his “getting into a school and just shooting the place up.”

The FBI failed to act on a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the confessed shooter in the Parkland , Florida, school massacre, the bureau said in a statement on Friday.

A Mississippi bail bondsman with a YouTube channel received a message from Cruz that read, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

The affidavit states that the bail bondsman was interviewed by two FBI agents shortly afterward, but the FBI file on Cruz was closed out by October 2019.

Then, just one month before the shooting, the FBI’s tip line received a much more substantial and specific warning about Cruz from an anonymous caller.

“I know he’s going to explode,” the anonymous caller told the FBI tip line operator, before going into a detailed account of Cruz’s disturbing social media activity, in which the young man displayed “all kinds of rifles” and posted photographs of small animals he had killed.

During the call, the anonymous tipster specifically warned that Cruz might shoot up a school.

The civil complaint goes on to explain that the FBI operator connected the two tips together, but after conferring with her supervisor, the decision was made not to forward the complaints to the Miami field office of the FBI.

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The FBI received a report about the Parkland gunman before the shooting . Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Richard Fowler the hosts of The Young “A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school this week called FBI officials in early January to report

There are a lot of questions floating around about how people could think the Parkland High shooter was likely to shoot up a school , all the while without anything being done. According to Buzzfeed, the FBI may have possibly been tipped off back in September. After a YouTube comment.

The complaint says that in the months following the massacre, the FBI essentially admitted to the public and to Congress that its own internal protocols for dealing with potential mass scooters had not been followed.

But in order for their wrongful death claims to succeed, the parents in both lawsuits will have to successfully argue that the FBI was required under Florida law to control Cruz’s actions, and that the agency was not just exercising its discretion in not responding to the tips about Cruz, say legal experts.

If the history of the Guttenberg and Schentrup’s lawsuit is any indicator, the Pollacks can expect the government to aggressively argue against their efforts to prove that the FBI bears responsibility for the violent death of their daughter.

That lawsuit has been inching forward.

According to federal court filings, a U.S. magistrate judge allowed lawyers for the plaintiffs the ability to view documents that may show exactly which FBI procedures where breached after the tip about Cruz was mishandled.

Those documents, along with many of the filings in the docket, remain under seal, but arguments are expected sometime in April on the government’s motion to dismiss the case from Guttenberg and Schentrup.

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