Politics, States

Report: Broward Sheriff Conspired NOT to Arrest Cruz

A bombshell report over at Redstate may finally explain why mass murderer Nikolas Cruz was visited by sheriff’s deputies and other authorities roughly 40 times without an arrest.

And, if verified, it will almost certainly mean the end of Scott Israel self-serving law enforcement career.

The details of the report are a dissertation on juvenile criminal reform policies in Florida, so we won’t belabor the nitty-gritty.

The bottom line is Sheriff Israel has been touting the largest reduction in juvenile arrests during his tenure precisely because he issued a new policy that instructs deputies to stop arresting juveniles despite violent behavior.

And THAT is why Cruz was free to run around making threats…for years.

Here’s more from Redstate…

If you’re active on social media this month, you may have seen several articles and tweets touting a conspiracy theory related to the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The essence of these claims is that the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), in collaboration with the Broward County School District (BCSD), had ordered their deputies not to arrest juveniles for a variety of crimes in order to artificially reduce their statistics and qualify for lucrative state and federal grants. Both BSO and BCSD are controlled by Democrats, and this policy, the conspiracy believers claim, explains why the dozens of complaints about the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, were ignored.

Here’s the wild part: there may be some truth to this conspiracy theory.

Fair disclosure: I initially disregarded the claims because they seemed to lack supporting evidence, except fuzzy PDFs to draft documents with unclear sourcing and links to long narratives on websites often described as “hyper-partisan clickbait” and “extreme conspiracy sites.” When I cite an anonymous source in my articles at RedState or elsewhere you see my byline, I’ve given my editors a heads up and it’s always someone I’ve communicated with directly, not some second- or third-hand hearsay. That did not appear to be the case with these posts.

Government corruption, incompetence, and laziness are quite believable, and there are countless examples to find connected to this school shooting, such as the BSO deputies’ failure to enter the school, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s ridiculous attempts to shift blame, and the BSO’s own protocols not requiring deputies to engage an active shooter.

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