Americans are still asking questions about how the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could have happened.
How did the killer slip through the cracks?
Well the answer points directly at Barack Obama because of one awful decision.
Much has been made about how the Broward County Sheriff’s office responded to thirty-nine 9-1-1 calls about the killer.
Many are wondering why no arrests were made.
An arrest could have prevented the gunman from passing a background check to purchase his weapons, or it could have diverted him into prison or a treatment program that would have kept him off the streets and being free to carry out his act of madness.
Now some experts are saying no action against him was taken because of Obama-era guidelines that addressed the supposed issue of minorities being shuffled into a “school to prison” pipeline.
“The facts pattern that has emerged strongly suggests it played a role,” Manhattan Institute senior fellow Max Eden tells Breitbart News. “It’s not actually accurate to say that what Broward County did was the result of the Obama policy. It might be more accurate to say that what Broward County did was in some way the inspiration for Obama’s policy.”
The Obama-era Departments of Education and Justice – under education secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder –issued school guidelines in 2014 that claimed students of color are “disproportionately impacted” by suspensions and expulsions, a situation they said leads to a “school-to-prison pipeline” that discriminates against minority and low-income students.
“Broward County was the first to have the goal of lowering suspensions, lowering expulsions, lowering arrests,” explains Eden. “And, so, they decided to reduce police involvement by not bringing in cops to arrest kids for a whole range of serious offenses, and then, as you would expect, the arrests go down when you stop arresting. That was taken to be a sign of success, based on that metric alone.”
According to the Obama administration’s 2014 “Dear Colleague” guidance, any school district whose disciplinary measures showed “disparate impact” – meaning a disproportionately greater number of minority students are affected – is open to investigation by the Departments of Justice and Education, regardless of whether the behavior leading to the discipline is unacceptable.”
Broward County Sheriff Union President Jeff Bell was interviewed by Laura Ingraham and he claimed the program, known as PROMISE, was partly to blame for the shooting because it handed out incentives for not arresting troubled students
“Broward County Sheriff Union president Jeff Bell told Laura Ingraham on Fox News that he places some blame for the horrific shooting on the school board and the adoption of its PROMISE program:
For years they know that the schools have been soft targets, and they claim that they want to have better police presence inside the schools, and they want tougher security, but, yet, they do not want to cough up the money to pay for that better security and fortify their schools and have better designs. They don’t want that. And, then when they are fortunate to have a school resource officer deputy on scene, and armed police presence, a lot of the liberal-thinking principals on campus there, they don’t want the police officers making arrests on campus, and they don’t want the drugs to be found on campus, and they don’t want the warrants to be served on campus because it looks like there’s bad stats at the school.
So, I place a lot of blame on the school board with that and some of the programs that they’ve initiated with the state attorney and the sheriff’s office in years past. For example, the PROMISE program … the problem is when that program started, we took all discretion away from the law enforcement officers to effect an arrest if we choose to.”
The Miami Herald also reports that a former Miami prosecutor claimed Cruz could have been arrested for a 2016 Instagram post of him with a BB gun which prompted a tip to the Broward County Sheriff’s office about a teen intending to shoot up a school.
No action was taken.
The Miami Herald reports:
“The standard isn’t whether that information itself was ‘arrestable’ but whether law enforcement had an obligation to investigate a violation of the law,” said John Priovolos, a former Miami prosecutor. “A detective should have been assigned. Subpoenas should have been sent to Instagram to locate the IP address and verify it was Cruz.
“Cruz could have been arrested — maybe he would have been diverted to a mental-health court, but he would have been under some sort of supervision.”
Was he not arrested because of the Obama-era program?
Obama and other gun grabbers have jumped at the opportunity to use this tragedy to try and gut the Second Amendment.
But the real failure lies with the institutions and laws already in place that were supposed to prevent these tragedies.
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