Report: School Officials and Police Officers recommended mental evaluation for Parkland Shooter in 2016

    A new report says that School Officials and Police officers both called for a mental evaluation of the Parkland Shooter, Nikolas Cruz.


    In September 2016, school officials and a police officer had recommended that Nikolas Cruz, the suspected shooter in last month’s Parkland high school massacre that killed 17 people, to be forcibly committed for mental evaluation in September 2016, per the AP. That recommendation, which was contained in documents filed in Cruz’s criminal case, was never carried out.

    Why it matters: An involuntary commitment would have made it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Cruz to legally obtain the AR-15 used in the Parkland shooting, according to the AP. It also confirms that — much like previous reports regarding the FBI’s failure to follow up on tips about him — Cruz’s erratic behavior was well-known in his school system.

    This is another piece of evidence pointing to the failure of law enforcement and our federal background check system as it pertains to the Parkland shooting. Not only did the police officers at the scene not only follow their own protocol and were told to stand down but we also reported on an Obama-era program that allowed for the shooter to pass a background check to obtain an AR-15.The Trump administration is now looking into that program. 

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