Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign after the FBI failed to follow procedures after receiving a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the assailant who murdered 17 at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
According to reports:
“The FBI said it received a tip just after the new year warning about the man accused of killing 17 people this week at a Florida high school, but “protocols were not followed for the information received.”
In a statement Friday, the FBI said the tipster on Jan. 5 called its Public Access Line and provided information on Nikolas Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
The FBI said the information was not provided to the bureau’s Miami Field Office and no further investigation was conducted. It is investigating why the information wasn’t probed further.
“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrible tragedy,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.
Florida Governor Rick Scott called for the FBI director to resign Friday in a statement following the revelation of missteps made.
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott said. “The FBI has admitted that they were contacted lasted month by a person who called them to inform of Cruz’s ‘desire to kill people’ and the ‘potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
It continues saying, “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.”