The Broward County Sheriff’s Department released a scathing statement Saturday denying a multitude of media reports that claimed his department had 39 interactions with the Florida school shooter prior to the massacre. They claimed the number was nearly half that.
Now, a new report suggests the number of interactions surpassed the original claim.
What’s going on?
BuzzFeed obtained records that indicate Broward County sheriff officials interacted with the shooter or his family 45 times since 2008. Of those, 22 were calls to send deputies to the shooter’s home. More from BuzzFeed:
Like many of the calls revealed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, several of them involved domestic disturbance issues involving [the shooter], his brother Zachary, and their adoptive mother.
Most of the calls involved their adoptive parents reporting that Zachary had not come home after curfew, or that he’d left the house without telling them or despite their objections. Others appear to be calls from neighbors, including one who reported the two brothers were throwing water balloons.
Others are unclear who is being referring to, though the call was made by a parent at the same home, reporting that their 12-year-old son was throwing things and cursing at a computer.
BuzzFeed reported they obtained the records after they requested information related to the calls made to the shooter’s home.
What did the department say?
The Broward County sheriff’s department released a lengthy statement Saturday urging the media to stop reporting the agency interacted with the shooter 39 times.
“Since 2008, BSO responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family. “STOP REPORTING 39; IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE,” the agency said.
Thousands of people nationwide have called on Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to resign in the wake of the shooting and the revelations surrounding his department’s failures in preventing and responding to the shooting.
However, Israel told CNN anchor Jake Tapper Sunday that he would not resign.