What the heck is going on in Broward County, Florida?
Did Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel know this:
... when he blamed guns and NRA for the school shooting on Wednesday night at the CNN town hall:
In a NYTimes story yesterday Florida sheriff said deputies "followed protocol." Today he says surveillance video shows the single armed deputy never went in. So it took them a week to watch this surveillance video of the building during the shooting? Something smells stinky. pic.twitter.com/oioH6tXkar— Steve Lookner (@lookner) February 23, 2018
And then there's this...
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) didn’t “miss warning signs” or make “mistakes” in not writing up reports. The Sheriff’s office did exactly what their internal policies, procedures and official training required them to do, they intentionally ignored the signs, and intentionally didn’t generate documents.
According to this report (which I've not been able to independently verify) this was an effort to break the "school to prison pipeline."
Take Broward County, the Florida county that used to rank No. 1 at sending students to their state’s juvenile justice system.
The stats troubled Broward County leaders, and they responded with a bold solution: Lower arrests by not making arrests.
After examining juvenile data, a local task force compiled 12 misdemeanor offenses that would no longer be considered police matters. Criminal mischief and vandalism, for example.
The results were quickly positive.
In 2011-12, Broward County officers made 1,062 school-related arrests. That dropped to 392 in 2015-16, putting the rate of school-related arrests among the lowest in the state.
School district officials say the strategy allowed schools to respond more constructively to normal teenage behavior, without hurting police ability to respond to serious crime.
Read this tweetstorm. Here is only a brief excerpt:
Initially the police were excusing misdemeanor behaviors. However, it didn't take long until felonies, even violent felonies (armed robberies, assaults and worse) were being excused.
The need to continue lowering the arrests year-over-year meant that increasingly more severe unlawful behavior had to be ignored. Over time even the most severe of unlawful conduct was being filtered by responding police.
We found out about it, when six cops blew the whistle on severe criminal conduct they were being instructed to hide. The sheriff and police Chiefs were telling street cops and school cops to ignore ever worsening criminal conduct.
The police were in a bind. They were encountering evidence of criminal conduct and yet they had to hide the conduct. There were examples of burglary and robbery where the police had to hide the recovered evidence in order to let the kids get away without reports.
The police would take the stolen merchandise and intentionally falsify police records to record stolen merchandise *as if* they just found it on the side of the road.
They put drugs and stolen merchandise in bags, and sent it to storage rooms in the police department. Never assigning the recovery to criminal conduct. Stolen merchandise was just sitting in storage rooms gathering dust.
They couldn't get the stuff back to the victim because that would mean the police would have to explain how they took custody of it. So they just hid it. To prove this was happening one of the officers told me where to look, and who the victim was.
At first I didn't believe them. However, after getting information from detectives, cross referencing police reports, and looking at the "found merchandise", I realized they were telling the truth.
If this is true... this is scandal of enormous magnitude.
This Sheriff seems profoundly awful.
By the way... the NRA's Dana Loesch was right. Sheriff Israel was not.
Nikolas Cruz’s dangerous and disturbing behavior was flagged repeatedly to authorities, both local and federal, over a span of two years starting in February 2016. But no one stopped him before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Here’s a time line of incidents where Cruz was reported to law enforcement. Many of the incidents involve the threat of a school shooting.
After her appearance at that CNN town hall, Loesch spoke at CPAC where she said "many in legacy media love mass shootings."
CNN's Alisyn Camerota did not like that.
Alisyn Camerota to NRA spokeswoman: “You think we love mass shootings? … It’s just malicious, actually, that you would say that. I don’t know anybody in the media who likes mass shootings… We pray that there’s never another one.” https://t.co/qzE1DxoncO https://t.co/a0QY03VTYU— CNN (@CNN) February 23, 2018
Loesch said CNN allows malicious attacks against gun owners and the NRA to go unchallenged, but is now claiming to be offended by the very charge they level at others.
Amazingly, CNN tweeted this out... without any sense of irony... that Camerota is helping to make Loesch's point here:
Alisyn Camerota: "The NRA does bear some responsibility in terms of fixing this solution. They do need to come to the table"— CNN (@CNN) February 23, 2018
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: "No, we absolutely do not" https://t.co/qzE1Dx6Mlg pic.twitter.com/9RMmCKidvq
So, to recap:
The NRA bears some responsibility for the massacre and that's not malicious.
The media doesn't, and saying it does is malicious.