Where is the Surveillance Footage From The Florida School Shooting?
As a person who grew up during the Columbine school shooting, I specifically recall seeing the surveillance footage, from inside and outside of the school, on the news within days of the horrific event. In the case of the more recent school shooting in Flordia, the footage has yet to be released to the public. The issue here is this leaves a lot of speculation and hearsay when what we want is clarity.
My hope is that, because law enforcement is being investigated for their failure to act, the surveillance footage is evidence and held until the investigation is complete. The fear is, that might not be the case and officials are withholding surveillance to cover their own a**es.
While continuing the search for the surveyance footage I found that I am not alone. Michelle Malkin, with The Daily Wire, brought up the same concerns and more in this piece. Take a look.
As Written By MICHELLE MALKIN The Daily Wire:
Open government isn’t just good government. It’s the public’s right.
In Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s office and Broward County school district are fighting to keep exterior surveillance video from the day of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hidden from view. As journalists and citizens who’ve waged uphill battles against secrecy well know, government agencies too often invoke broad disclosure exemptions in the name of protecting public safety when they’re really just trying to protect their own jobs.
Feckless Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and media-luvin’ school Superintendent Robert Runcie are defendants in an open records lawsuit filed Tuesday by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald and CNN. The local officials claim that surveillance videos from cameras outside the school are completely exempt from sunshine laws because they would expose the district’s security system plan; are part of an active criminal investigation; and involve an active internal affairs investigation of school resource officer/BSO Deputy Scot Peterson, whom Israel notoriously threw under the bus last week.
Let’s break down these specious excuses for keeping information vital to the public interest locked in a black box.
First, disclosure of the videos would pose no danger to students because Building 12, where the shooting took place, will be demolished.
Second, key investigative records, transcripts and logs in the active criminal probe against the Parkland school shooter have already been released…
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