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Dan Lyman | Infowars.com – FEBRUARY 23, 2018
According to information currently available, Parkland mass shooter Nikolas Cruz was visited by local law enforcement 39 times over the course of seven years and was also reported to the FBI at least twice, leaving many to wonder how he slipped through the cracks, evaded arrest, continued attending school, and legally purchased firearms that he would later use to kill 17 of his former classmates and teachers.
Some clues may have emerged from a report chronicled by the editors of the Conservative Treehouse (CTH), an independent blog, who have provided corroborating documentation that paint a very convincing picture for the circumstances that may have enabled Cruz to slip through the cracks.
“I spent about 18 months in 2012, 2013 and 2014 investigating Broward and Miami-Dade school policies and how those policies transfer to law enforcement practices,” CTH explains. “What I stumbled upon was a Broward County law enforcement system in a state of conflict. The Broward County School Board and District Superintendent, entered into a political agreement with Broward County Law enforcement officials to stop arresting students for crimes.”
“The motive was simple. The school system administrators wanted to ‘improve their statistics’ and gain state and federal grant money for improvements therein.”
The 2013 “Collaborative Agreement On School Discipline” between the School Board of Broward County and the Sheriff of Broward Country, as well as the Fort Lauderdale Branch of the NAACP and a variety of other state and local legal bodies, can be found HERE.
In short, the agreement established new standards and practices by which law enforcement would seek alternatives to arresting students who had committed crimes or “minor disturbances,” with a specific focus on “students of color, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students,” who were “disproportionately impacted by school-based arrests for the same behavior as their peers.”
CTH asserts that the types of lawbreaking being swept under the rug quickly escalated from minor offenses to serious felonies.
“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,” CTH writes. “We found out about it, when six cops blew the whistle on severe criminal conduct they were being instructed to hide.”
Media reports corroborate the external results of the new policies implemented in Broward, and school district superintendent Robert Runcie, who had been brought in from the Chicago public school system to mitigate the massive issues in Broward, was hailed as a hero as suspensions magically dropped by 40% percent and arrests by 66% in just two years.
The American Prospect reported at the time –
“Broward announced broad changes designed to mitigate the use of harsh punishments for minor misbehavior at the beginning of this school year. While other districts have amended their discipline codes, prohibited arrests in some circumstances, and developed alternatives to suspension, Broward was able to do all these things at once with the cooperation of a group that included a member of the local NAACP, a school board member, a public defender, a local sheriff, a state prosecutor, and several others.”
In 2015, Runcie was invited to join an Obama White House school discipline summit to share his ‘secrets to success’ in lowering student arrests and suspensions.
In 2016, Runcie was awarded ‘Florida Superintendent of the Year.’
The Miami Herald alluded to the types of oversights and ‘missed’ signs that enabled Nikolas Cruz to glide through the system in a report on Wednesday.
“And long before Cruz embarked on the worst school shooting in Florida history, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies had multiple warnings that the 19-year-old was a violent threat and a potential school shooter, according to records released Thursday.”
“In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz ‘could be a school shooter in the making,’ but deputies did not write up a report on that warning. It came just weeks after a relative called urging BSO to seize his weapons. Two years ago, according to a newly released timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz ‘planned to shoot up the school’ — intelligence that was forwarded to the school’s resource officer, with no apparent result.”
On Wednesday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel revealed that an armed Parkland school officer, Scot Peterson, arrived on the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as Cruz was in the process of killing 17 innocent victims, but never went inside the building to render aid.
When asked what Scot Peterson, the school resource officer, should have done, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the deputy should have, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.” (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Melissa Quinn
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said video footage showed the deputy, Scot Peterson, arrive on the west side of the high school’s freshman building and take up a position. Peterson, though, did not enter the school.
Israel said Peterson was armed and in uniform but did “nothing.”
“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position and he never went in,” Israel said.”
When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”
“Devastated. Sick to my stomach. There are no words,” Israel told reporters Thursday.
The video showing Peterson will not be disclosed at this time, and Israel said it may never be made public “depending on the prosecution and the criminal case.”
Israel said he suspended Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation, but Peterson then resigned.
Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in the shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school last week. Ex-student Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been identified as the shooting suspect and has admitted to opening fire at the high school.
By Awr Hawkins
Think Progress reports that that bank has offered the NRA Visa Cards for over a decade. They are ending that relationship after a 48-hour campaign of “public pressure” against the bank.
On Thursday the bank tweeted:
According to Think Progress, First National Bank of Omaha is but “one of at least 22 corporations that the NRA says offer incentives to NRA members.” The bank is the first to respond to public criticism by ending its relationship with the NRA.
By Rick Wells
Senator Marco Rubio had to know the ambush he was walking into when he agreed to participate in the forum. On stage, as if they were a panel of experts, were the Democrat globalist teen hit squad, assisted by CNN “Jake News” Tapper and the fossil, Rubio’s Democrat counterpart, Sen Bill Nelson, as well as Florida Governor Rick Scott.
All of them. with the exception of Rubio and Scott, are blatantly in the confiscation and disarmament camp. They were there to be targets and whipping boys of the left, particularly Rubio, who will run again and has been supported by the NRA. The entitled juveniles made it their mission to force him to swear off any future NRA funding. They failed and the rude punk threw a tantrum.
These supposed kids don’t act like kids, as the rude punk in the purple shirt, drunk on the attention he’s been given by the complicit media, demonstrates. They act like spoiled, entitled millennial brats, who believe the world revolves around them and they are someone specially qualified to dictate to the rest of us what we will do and what our country will become.
The punk, named Cameron Kasky, despicably compared Senator Rubio to a mass murderer, saying, “It’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz.” That right there is a demonstration of the total lack of character of the trash pushing the Democrat gun control agenda, who are using their position and their age to insulate them from much deserved criticism.
This kid deserved a punch in the gut or maybe for his pants to be bent over right there, his pants pulled down and spanked on his bare butt with Rubio’s belt. If there weren’t tough bullying laws, he’d already be getting beat up by the good kids of his school on a regular basis. Maybe they’ll make an exception, someone needs to teach him some manners and respect for his elders.
He continues showing nothing but disdain for the Senator throughout the event, interrupting him and making snide remarks. Drama queen Kasky has one of his supposed friends stand up and asks Rubio to tell him he’s going to live. Rubio obediently does so.
Kasky then asks the next question, one Rubio surely expected, “Can you tell me that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future?” The children cheered and stood, and the attention whore Kasky even jumped [at the 1:15 mark of the video], perhaps in an effort to encourage more to stand and express their admiration.
He’s got weird mannerisms himself, not unlike those of a mass murderer. The FBI needs to look at his background and mental health exams seem to be in order.
Having failed to elicit a pledge from Rubio not to accept donations from the NRA, the rude attention whore is told to sit down by Jake the Fake, after he appealed to the NRA not to support Rubio in the future. Tapper’s got an agenda to push, and this little boy has lost his luster. His fifteen minutes of fame are about to run out.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse after a bail hearing November 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images
By Josh Gerstein 02/22/2018
Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment charging former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates with multiple counts of tax and bank fraud.
The new charges, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday, come after Mueller separately charged the two men in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine.