Gun control is something pushed by people who want to
be protected by guns like "Actress Alyssa Milano who attended an
anti-NRA protest in downtown Dallas, surrounded by armed guards. In
video captured by Ben Howe, NRA member Will Haraway asked Milano’s
security if he was armed and the man clearly wasn’t amused by the
question. “I’m going to ask you to leave,” the guard said repeatedly, physically backing Haraway up by getting in his face.
“How far do I have to go?” Haraway asked. “I’m going to need you on the sidewalk,” the agent responded.
“Hypocrite! Alyssa you’re a hypocrite! You have armed security here!” an observer yelled.
Milano’s friends, meanwhile, had no problem denouncing guns while benefiting from her special protected status. https://twitter.com/BenHowe/status/992824417477693441
caught us all off guard,” Pollack said in an interview this week. “We
didn’t believe it. It’s past two months now already. A lot of the people
on the committee couldn’t believe it.”
From the school district, Pollack said, “There’s no honesty at all.”
spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright declined to say whether the school
district has supplied the records and whether it is cooperating with the
investigation, saying only, “Our detectives continue to work with
several agencies as they progress with the investigation.”
district spokeswoman Tracy Clark said the district has provided accurate
information to investigators, the press and the public as fast as
possible and “any suggestion that the district is not being forthcoming
is either based on a misunderstanding or misinformation.”
district continues to focus on responding in a timely and accurate
manner to the unprecedented number of public records requests, media
requests and subpoenas related to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School,” she said in an email. “In addition, we have
coordinated numerous interviews with employees as part of the various
ongoing investigations. Both the State Attorney’s Office, through the
Broward Sheriff’s Office, and the Public Defender’s Office have been
given complete copies of the records related to Nikolas Cruz that have
been gathered to date.”
Although the Broward Sheriff’s Office has not
produced every record requested by the news media, the agency has
released dozens of documents, including reports of incidents at Cruz’s
home and documents on its own flawed response.
But the school
district has issued a blanket refusal to release any documents,
including emails about the shooting among the district’s leadership and
formal notices of intent to sue by victims and their families, despite
Florida’s broad public records law.
“At this time, any
records pertaining to Stoneman Douglas High will not be released
pursuant to 768.28(16)(b) and 119.071(2)(c),” states a letter sent
repeatedly to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, emphasizing the word
The exemptions to the state open records law cited by the
district concern claims or lawsuits involving the district and active
Barbara Petersen, a lawyer who is
president of the First Amendment Foundation, which advocates the robust
application of Florida’s open-records laws, said the district was
misapplying both exemptions. The claims exemption must be construed
narrowly to exclude only documents directly relevant to the claims. And
the criminal investigation exemption applies only to law enforcement
agencies and the documents they produce in the course of an
“It does not apply to a school board,” she said.
“What a lot of agencies will do is — say you’ll make the request for his
disciplinary records — and the school board will say, we gave that to
FDLE, it’s exempt under the active criminal investigation exemption. No,
it’s not. The active criminal investigation exemption first applies
only to law enforcement and second applies only to records created in
the scope of that investigation. It does not apply to any record that
More broadly, she said the Stoneman Douglas
tragedy is a perfect example of a time when government agencies need to
be as open as possible.
“It’s triggered a fundamental debate, not
just about gun safety and gun control, but the schools and how the
schools are dealing with these troubled children,” she said. “And this
school board has been difficult to deal with, to say the least, they’ve
distorted the facts, if not outright lied, and their credibility is at
The school district, joined by the Broward
Sheriff’s Office, tried to stop the release to the media of surveillance
video from the school. The district’s lawyers argued in court that the
videos would threaten school security by revealing blind spots in the
The district partially dropped its opposition
after all sides agreed to an initial release of videos that showed the
inaction of a Broward sheriff’s deputy who resigned after the incident.
And the district lost in court when Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey R.
Levenson ordered the release of more videos, saying any “potential harm”
to the school’s security system was “outweighed by the strong public
interest in disclosure.” The school district, along with the state
attorney’s office, is appealing.
Runcie’s Twitter account contains fewer critics of the district, now that he’s blocked several of them. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-florida-school-shooting-district-stonewalling-20180510-story.html
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