Late Saturday, Buzzfeed reported that records show at least 22 more calls to the home of Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz than disclosed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Buzzfeed:
Broward County sheriff’s officials said in a statement late Saturday that they responded only to 23 calls involving suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz or his family over the years, but records obtained by BuzzFeed News show at least 45 responses since 2008.
The number of calls made over the years involving Cruz or his family, according to the call records, are nearly twice the number publicly disclosed by the department.
On Saturday night, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a statement pushing back on reports that they had been called more than the 23 incidents released by the department.
“Since 2008, BSO responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Twitter. “STOP REPORTING 39; IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.”
Buzzfeed said the Sheriff’s Office did not respond to questions about the additional calls.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has come under fire for his department’s handling of the shooting, including the numerous calls made before the tragic incident took place. As a result, at least one Florida legislator has called for Israel to be fired.
Not all of the additional calls to the home involved Nikolas directly, Buzzfeed said:
Dispatch records obtained by BuzzFeed News show that, since 2008, there were 22 calls to send deputies to Cruz’s home that have not been publicly disclosed by the department.
Like many of the calls revealed by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, several of them involved domestic disturbance issues involving Cruz, 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.
Buzzfeed acknowledged this and further stated that “some of the 23 calls that have been disclosed by the department also make no mention of the suspected shooter.”
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