Broward Sheriff’s officer crouches behind vehicle door.

There’s been suspicion for some time now that the Parkland, Fla. shooter who ended the lives of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month may have been free to carry out the killings because the Broward County Sheriff’s Office was interested in artificially keeping student arrests low, but no one was really sure if it was a conspiracy theory or if the idea had merit.

RedState’s Sarah Rumpf looked at the data in the district after a Twitter thread appeared alleging a program existed to stop the “school-to-prison” pipeline, and that it had been implemented in Parkland. Sarah’s analysis revealed declining arrests rates despite relatively stable crime rates. In other words, crime was still being reported, but fewer people were being arrested for it.

Well now, according to a Real Clear Investigations report, there seems to be incontrovertible truth to the speculation that Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Parkland School District had been involved in a program to do exactly what the Twitter user suggested — and it all goes back to an Obama-era program that incentivized lower arrest rates to, at least originally, keep young black men from being suspended and/or arrested at a rate higher than the general school population.

Disclosures about the [program’s] strategy add a central new element to the Parkland shooting story: It’s not just one of official failings at many levels and of America’s deep divide over guns, but also one of deliberate federal policy gone awry.

 

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