New York Times: Even the Gunman Called Authorities For Help at Thanksgiving – Was Anyone Listening?

Elder Patriot – As the fog lifts and the evidence begins settling over the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting massacre one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that Broward Country Sheriff Scott Israel either runs the most malfeasant police agency in the country or he was part of a false flag operation.

Yesterday he had the audacity to blame others for his department’s failure to protect the kids under his watch.

Israel told an NBC6 South Florida reporter in a video interview tweeted by Erika Glover:

“I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training.  If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.”

Uh… Does that apply to the other deputies who were seen either cowering behind their cars after rolling up on the active shooter situation or were they standing down on orders?

Does that also hold for the dozens of other warning calls about shooter Nikolas Cruz that warranted official visits to his home?

Did anyone under Sheriff Israel’s command think to look at Cruz’s social media accounts?

Did Israel have any contact with the FBI?  If not, why not?  Why didn’t the FBI contact Israel after receiving 3 separate warnings about Cruz’s potential to become a school a shooter?

Or, did the FBI contact Israel and he ignored their warnings?

The warnings that law enforcement officials received about Nikolas Cruz were anything but subtle.

From the New York Times:

“I know he’s going to explode,” a woman who knew Mr. Cruz said on the F.B.I.’s tip line on Jan. 5. Her big worry was that he might resort to slipping “into a school and just shooting the place up.” Forty days later, Mr. Cruz is accused of doing just that, barging into his former high school in Parkland, Fla., and shooting 17 people to death.

Three months before the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a family friend dialed 911 to tell the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office about Mr. Cruz’s personal arsenal. “I need someone here because I’m afraid he comes back and he has a lot of weapons,” the friend said.

Mr. Cruz, 19, himself called the authorities just after Thanksgiving, describing how he had been in a fight and was struggling with the death of his mother. “The thing is I lost my mother a couple of weeks ago, so like I am dealing with a bunch of things right now,” he said in a childlike voice, sounding agitated and out of breath.

Who where these authorities that the Times refers to?  Were they all from the same agency – the BCPD or the FBI – or were they from different agencies? 

It seems to me that determining where the current early alert system failed would be the first step before moving to circumvent the Second Amendment protections of every American.  What the hell good is the “see something say something” program if nobody is listening?

It also would seem logical to examine where the current response protocol broke down.

Instead, Sheriff Israel deflects all blame.  During an exhaustive, 30-minute grilling on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Israel defended his “amazing leadership:” 

“I can only take responsibility for what I knew about.  I exercised my due diligence. I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper couldn’t believe his ears and shot back: “Amazing leadership?  I don’t understand how you can sit there and claim amazing leadership?”

Israel’s response showed a man completely out of touch with everything around him:

“…our deputies did everything right. Our deputies have done amazing things. …the five years I’ve been sheriff, we’ve taken the Broward sheriff’s office to a new level.”

“I’ve worked with some of the bravest people I’ve ever met. One person at this point, one person didn’t do what he should have done. It’s horrific.”

Sheriff, we now know that your deputies were either cowering outside or holding in place on stand down orders.

It’s hard to see how anyone under Sheriff Israel’s command was working to protect the kids at MSD HS.

Maybe they weren’t. 

Jalen Martin is a well-spoken senior and survivor who said that emergency drills – bomb, active shooter, etc. – had been conducted at the school for the past month. 

Had this entire episode been planned?

Perhaps that would explain MSD HS teacher Stacy Lippel’s reaction when she saw a shooter outside her classroom.

“I suddenly saw the shooter about twenty feet in front of me standing at the end of the hallway actively shooting down the hallway, just a barrage of bullets, and I’m staring at him thinking why are the police here, this is strange because he’s in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting this rifle that I’ve never seen before.” – Stacy Lippel

In any event it was left to the Coral Springs PD to respond first.  Apparently the Coral Springs Chief identifies and hire men of honor.  And then let them do their jobs.

Just as apparently, the Coral Springs PD didn’t get the stand down order.

Has it crossed anyone else’s mind that the more calls authorities received warning about Cruz’s mental condition the easier it would be to pin this on him… even if he wasn’t the shooter, or the only shooter?

Sheriff Israel needs to start answering questions.  And, not from the cupcakes who have been asking them.