(National Sentinel) Unenforced Error: The FBI has admitted that it likely botched the case involving Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz.
In a statement released by the bureau Friday, it said “protocols were not followed” to escalate a tip the bureau received about Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman.
“We are still investigating the facts. 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,” wrote FBI Director Wray.
Wray also noted that on Jan. 5, someone close to Cruz contacted the FBI tip line and provided information regarding the suspect’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.”
“Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken,” the statement said.
“We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL (Public Access Line) on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”
Wray said, “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.
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it,” he added.
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