Justice Department to Pay About $130 Million to Parkland Shooting Victims

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The FBI’s inability to adequately investigate the student who shot and murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 will result in family members collecting $130 million from the US Justice Department.

The FBI neglected to investigate tips about Cruz that were phoned into the FBI months before the massacre, according to a complaint filed by 40 survivors and family of those slain by Nikolas Cruz, according to The New York Times.

Cruz was threatening people on Instagram, according to a lady who phoned the FBI.

On the FBI’s tip line, the lady stated, “I know he’s going to blow.” Cruz “was going to slip into a school and start shooting the place up,” the lady stated.

The FBI acknowledged two days after the massacre on Feb. 14, 2018, that it had received reports about Cruz but had not examined them according to policy.

In a joint court filing Monday, attorneys representing the families and the department claimed they had reached an agreement to resolve all of the claims in the case.

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“Although the financial terms of the deal are now classified,” the legal firm representing the Parkland family, Podhurst Orseck, said in a statement, “it is a historic settlement and the conclusion of the Parkland families’ long and grueling struggle toward truth and responsibility.”

According to the lawsuit, a tip regarding Cruz came five months before the massacre, in September 2017, when a Mississippi bail bondsman reported that a YouTube commentator with the user name “nikolas cruz” had left a troubling post on his channel: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Last month, Cruz admitted to 17 charges of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. He’ll go on trial in the first half of next year.

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