There is no substitute for good old-fashioned police work. Sadly, since the beginning of the “war on drugs”, good old-fashioned police work has become a lost art. With the emphasis on numbers of arrests, police, generally, have become lazy. They make the easy arrests, pick the low hanging fruit, and eschew the rigors of real investigative police work. READ How the War on Drugs has Destroyed Justice.
Though not a tip from the public, it was such work – good old-fashioned police work – which led to the arrest of New York’s most notorious serial killer, the “Son of Sam”. Tracking down a parking ticket issued a couple of blocks from the scene of a shooting led the cops to David Berkowitz, who had terrorized the city for months.
Here, it appears that the FBI protocols were not followed, so the FBI never did properly track the lead. Let us hope that looking into the error here will tighten up policies and avoid future tragedies.
Gov. Scott’s recent call for the FBI agent in charge to resign is a blatant political BS move designed to cover or avoid his state’s asinine gun policies, which allowed this shooter to get the gun in the first place!
And children died. There were many red flags with this shooter, but it is by no means clear that the shooter would not have succeeded even with protocol being followed. He, like all of us, has rights. And law enforcement does not have the resources to “tail” every odd ball making threats.
Excerpts from the Article:
As recently as January, the FBI received a tip about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and his “desire to kill people,” but the information was never forwarded for investigation, the bureau confirmed Friday.
In a written statement, the FBI said a person close to Cruz contacted the agency’s tip line Jan. 5 to report concerns about “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The informant was not identified in the FBI’s statement.
“Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,” the FBI said.
The protocols call for the information to be forwarded to the FBI Miami field office for investigation, the FBI said.
“We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information,” the statement said. “The information was not provided to the Miami field office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”
Police arrested Cruz on Wednesday, shortly after the Parkland, Fla., high school massacre and he has been charged with all 17 murders.
“We are still investigating the facts,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said Friday. “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.”
Wray said the bureau has spoken with victims and families and “deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a Justice Department review of the matter that would be overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“It is now clear that the warning signs were there, and tips to the FBI were missed,” Sessions said. “We see the tragic consequences of those failures. The FBI in conjunction with our state and local partners must act flawlessly to prevent all attacks. This is imperative, and we must do better.”
“Lawmakers and law enforcement personnel constantly remind the public that ‘if you see something, say something.’ In this tragic case, people close to the shooter said something, and our system utterly failed the families of seventeen innocent souls.”