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Florida slaughters families to get millions for FBI inaction

“It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have dedicated themselves to making the world a safer place,” their senior counsel, Kristina Infante, said in a statement. “While no resolution can ever restore what the Parkland families have lost, this settlement marks an important step towards justice.”

Andrew Pollack, whose 18-year-old daughter Meadow died in the shooting, praised the FBI for accepting responsibility for his inaction, comparing him to the Broward County School District and Sheriff’s Office, staff security staff and the psychologists who treated the shooter. He thinks they all failed to stop the shooter and dodged their responsibility.

“The FBI has made changes to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Pollack said.

Tony Montalto, whose 14-year-old daughter Gina has died, said no settlement will “replace my bright, bubbly and beautiful daughter.” He said that while other families celebrate Thanksgiving this week, Gina’s chair will remain empty.

Both Montalto and Pollack have said the money they will receive will not replace their daughters.

Paul David Stern, the government’s senior lawyer, did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

About five weeks before the February 14, 2018 shooting, an FBI whistleblower line received a call saying former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz had bought guns and planned to “sneak into a school. and start shooting the spot “.

“I know it’s going to explode,” the caller told the FBI.

But this information was never transmitted to the South Florida FBI office and Cruz was never contacted. He had been kicked out of school a year earlier and had a long history of emotional and behavioral problems.

Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty last month to 17 counts of first degree murder. He will face the death penalty or life imprisonment after a trial set to open in January.

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