Florida Officials Fight to Suppress Video Footage of Parkland Shooting

If the Broward County School District and State Attorney’s Office have their way the public will never know exactly what took place on Valentine’s Day 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida. The release of such information will jeopardize the school’s security system and thus student safety, attorneys for the entities argued before the Fourth District Court of Appeals this week.

In April a lower court judge ruled that the additional video of the school’s exteriors be released after suit was brought by ten media companies. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has not joined in the appeal.

According to a Miami Herald report,

Releasing the footage could jeopardize the “integrity” of the video surveillance system at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, putting students at risk, a school board attorney told a three-judge panel at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. A lawyer representing the Broward state attorney said the footage constituted “criminal investigative information” that should not be disclosed under Florida’s broad public records law.

Some Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are said to have taken cover during the Feb. 14 attack by former student Nikolas Cruz that killed 17 people. The exterior camera footage — sought by nearly a dozen media outlets, including the Miami Herald — may show what actions deputies took during and shortly after a six-minute shooting spree that left students and staff bleeding to death from grievous wounds.

“The footage is the only objective evidence of what occurred and when,” said Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, which joined the media in suing for the footage. “The whole purpose of our open government laws is oversight and accountability. Access to the video footage allows us to hold those accountable who may not have done their jobs.”

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  1. This is all very simple: The reason government loves secrecy and seeks to invoke the phony “security” argument to justify it, is because they are engaged in crimes against citizens and do not want citizens to be able to prove they committed crimes so they hide behind the veil of secrecy, protected by the full military armed force of government, just like any garden variety totalitarian regime. Do not believe one word of phony government claims about any of these fake false flag staged attacks unless and until they are totally honest and open in releasing every iota of evidence and facts from the alleged crime scene. Until they do this, do not believe anything or any media claims about these fake phony events to scare the public into gun control in order to make it easier for the hijackers of our country to make the final take over as they seek and plan to do and soon if possible. The same lies were perpetuated in the Sandy Hook Hoax where the school was not even a functioning school when they pulled off the con. Americans love to be fooled, fleeced and had by their corrupt outlaw criminal government just like Nazi, Germany. Secrecy is the enemy of the truth.
    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

    1. “YOU, are the easiest person to FOOL”. The late Richard Feynman, Ph.D., Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology. If he were alive today he would be totally opposed to any government secrecy period. Citizens must be told the truth by government at all times so they can make intelligent and correct decisions about vital issues of public concern, just as citizens are expected to be totally open and honest with government at all times for the same good reasons.
      Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

  2. What on earth are they hiding and why?

    It’s getting really hard these days to at least try to believe official media narratives.

  3. First, in 1947 the people became the subjects of a tyrannical secrecy. Tyranny is what I call authority without right. Then, post 9-11 came the second wave via establishment of the DHS. It added Administrative Privilege that greatly expanded the secrecy. All the while, the judiciary became corrupt.

    This condition isn’t conducive to transparency or redress of grievances. IMO the only way out or to return to the pre 1947 condition is to employ 2 tactics… creativity and righteous authority. Do not plan for political parties, official agencies or other existing groups to make a plan and act on it. It’s up to us. So start collaborating and thinking creatively.

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