The Justice Department on Monday reached a tentative trial settlement with the families of victims of the February 2018 mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. court filing show,
why it matters: After the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, in which 17 people were killed, it emerged that there were numerous instances of officers, most notably the FBI, failing to act both before and during the attack.
- The FBI admitted after the massacre that it did not follow protocol after receiving a tip in January 2018 that the former student who carried out the killings was “about to explode.”
big picture: Fred Gutenberg and Jennifer Gutenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a mass shooting, filed a negligence suit against the bureau in November 2018, and 39 other families later joined the suit. new York Times,
- The settlement amount was not disclosed in the filing. But many outlets, including Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal and CNN reported that this amounted to approximately $127.5 million to be distributed among the families of the victims.
What are they saying: “While no resolution can ever restore what the Parkland families have lost, this settlement is an important step towards justice,” said Christina Infante, the lead counsel for the families. in a statement For news outlets.
what to watch: According to joint court filings, obtained by CNNThe parties state that they are working to finalize additional details before submitting them for final approval.
- Former student Nicolas Cruz pleaded guilty last month to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of first-degree attempted murder for committing the deadly shooting. Cruz’s sentence will be determined by a 12-person jury.
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