FBI Says ‘Processes’ Not Followed on Parkland Shooter Tip

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a top FBI official acknowledged that proper protocols weren’t followed on the tip about Nikolas Cruz, the confessed shooter.

“There was a mistake made, we know that,” acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “Our job is to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

The bureau revealed last week that a person close to Cruz contacted the FBI’s general tip line in early January to report concerns, including information about his gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts and the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

When asked about the missed tip, Bowdich said that he expects to be further briefed on it “very soon.” He personally went to the West Virginia call center that houses the tip line and “it’s professional operation.”

“Processes were in place, it’s just they were not followed,” Bowdich said, noting that the FBI received roughly 765,000 calls last year and most do not turn into leads.

“It is not easy work, I’m not making excuses, because what happened was a tragedy, truly a tragedy,” he said. “But it is our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure it does not happen again.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department is “looking at a number of things” in response to the school shooting “to make sure that we do everything we can reasonably do to push back against this kind of violence.”

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump directed Sessions to propose regulations to “ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” including bump fire stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly and were used by the shooter who targeted concertgoers in Las Vegas in October.

Yet the admission of the missed tip in particular — highlighted over the weekend by Trump — has caused some to raise questions about whether the FBI could have prevented the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead.

“I don’t want to get into the politics of anything or partisan attacks, that’s not our focus,” Bowdich said, but suggested that the No. 1 risk for the FBI is “losing the faith and confidence of the American people.”

6 comments

  • Sue Phillips

    I understand that not every tip turns into a lead (smh) However, with all the other info .. 39 police calls regarding this person, school expulsion, etc. It seems it would have been worth looking at BEFORE something happened. Not, now that it happened, to do a “ooops our bad”. This is a disgrace. Stop worrying about politics and do your damn jobs.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being suspended without pay ($75,000 a year, no less). He was the lone armed officer assigned to protect the school where the shooting took place. When the shooting started he took up a position outside the door but didn’t go inside, where he could have stopped the shooter. What a coward. Nearly all of the “public servants” failed these poor schoolkids.

  • Jeff Woehrle

    In all fairness, the FBI was kept quite busy covering up Hillary Clinton’s crimes. Can’t really blame them for being short on time to deal with this known threat.

    • HUH?

      exactly. it’s going to take years to “fix” this agency………..oh, cripes. who am I kidding? agency = stoopit

  • 😟

    They sure dropped the ball on this one. No one has anything to say about it either which is just shocking to me. Instead, they’re b@tching get rid of guns blah blah blah. The FBI got the tip and did nothing. Y’all want to get mad, get mad at them cuz it could have been prevented if they would have done something.

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