A US family was so frightened by the Florida high school shooter that they called emergency services three times before he killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day, his caregiver recalled Tuesday.
Rocxanne Deschamps was a next-door neighbor and friend to Nikolas Cruz’s mother Lynda, who took in the troubled teenager and his brother after his mother died in November.
Yet in the month that Cruz lived with her, Deschamps said her family called the police three times by dialing 911, fearful about his obsession with guns and poor mental health.
The first call followed the discovery of a receipt in Cruz’s room for a gun and bullets, the second after he dug a hole in the backyard that she worried was to bury a gun and the third time after he punched holes in the wall and hurt her eldest son.
“Law enforcement told us nothing could be done,” Deschamps sobbed.
“I told the police about prior incidents that I knew of in which Nikolas had put a gun to his mother’s head and to his brother’s head. I also told them about other warning signs.”
Deschamps said she was “very concerned” that he might use the recently purchased gun “to harm himself or others.” After the final incident, Cruz left to live with in Parkland with James and Kimberly Snead, the parents of one of his schoolmates.
Deschamps said she begged Cruz to seek medical help, saying he was “very depressed” after his mother’s death but that he refused to go back on medication or see a therapist.
The 19-year-old has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder after carrying out the February 14 massacre, armed with an assault rifle in Parkland.
Students across the country are expected to rally en masse Saturday, demanding that inert politicians impose gun restrictions in the wake of the tragedy.
75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan
As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention. They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki). Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date: July 3.
On July 3, 1945, the great atomic scientist Leo Szilard finished a letter/petition that would become the strongest (virtually the only) real attempt at halting President Truman's march to using the atomic bomb--still almost two weeks from its first test at Trinity--against Japanese cities.
Former Trump administration official refers to a renowned Black scholar as ‘some criminal’
President Donald Trump's former Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to renowned Black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. as "some criminal" in an interview with The New York Times Magazine.
Sessions, one of Trump's earliest supporters who was later fired after years of attacks from the president, is currently attempting to reclaim his old Senate seat in Alabama. Sessions has desperately tried to tout his Trumpist credentials on the campaign trail, even as the president has waged a campaign aimed at sabotaging his primary bid.
Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty after punching irate woman at Florida airport
A bad situation turned worse, after a woman missed her flight at Miami International Airport. When police were called, things got even worse.
According to the Miami Herald, body-camera footage, which surfaced Wednesday evening, showed the officer hitting the woman yelling at him.
“You acting like you white when you really Black...what you want to do?” the woman without a mask says.
She then stepped very close to the officer, putting her face against his and that's when he struck her in the face.