Florida Governor Rick Scott asks FBI Director to Resign following Parkland Mass Shooting

Florida Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking for the resignation of FBI director, Christopher Wray, after the agency admitted that they did not follow through on a January 5 tip about now confessed Parkland, Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Police believe Cruz, 19, shot and killed at least 17 individuals and wounded more than a dozen others in and around the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on Wednesday.

In a statement released Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it received a call on January 5, 2018 which included detailed concerns about Nikolas Cruz. The Bureau confessed that “protocols were not followed” in that a tip phoned into the FBI’s public access line was never sent to the proper recipients. The info should have been forwarded to the FBI’s Miami field office, but instead received no further investigation.

Gov. Rick Scott calls the lack of ownership “unacceptable.”

The governor said on Friday, “An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.”

“We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI director needs to resign.”

– Florida Governor Rick Scott

The call in January was not the first or only time the law enforcement agency received information about Cruz. A YouTube user told CBS News he reported a post that he believes was from Nikolas Cruz to the FBI back in September of 2017.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “conduct an immediate review” of the Justice Department’s and FBI’s protocol for reviewing violent threats.

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