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Sheriff allowed people into jail to register Parkland shooter to vote in Broward, victim’s dad says: ‘sick to my stomach’

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The widely criticized Broward County sheriff whose underlings stood idly by outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year when alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz opened fire, killing 17 men, women and children, has reportedly allowed the alleged killer to register to vote.

Publicly accessible voter information from the Florida Department of State specifically shows that Cruz registered to vote on 7/25/2018. The alleged shooter has been incarcerated at the Broward County Jail since the Parkland shooting. Overseeing the jail is Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

According to Andrew Pollack, the Parkland feather whose daughter Meadow perished during the Feb. 14 shooting months ago, the evidence suggests that Israel, a Democrat, allowed Cruz to register.

“I’m sick to my stomach. 18-1958 murdered 17 students & staff, including my daughter Meadow. Yet in July, Broward Sheriff @ScottJIsrael let people into the jail to get him & other animals registered to vote,” he tweeted Saturday morning, referring to Cruz’s case number, 18-958.

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In a statement to Fox News, he said that discovering that his daughter’s killer has been allowed to register to vote felt like someone “sticking a big knife in my heart.”

“He’s a mass murderer, he’s already confessed and he shouldn’t have the right to vote,” he added.

The problem is Cruz hasn’t been convicted yet, which is why journalists must refer to him as the “alleged” shooter and “alleged” killer, and why he was offered a chance to vote.

Though according to Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright, the decision to register him wasn’t made by Sheriff Israel but rather by the Broward County elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, who herself has faced a litany of criticism for alleged corruption.

“Inmates being registered to vote is nothing new. It doesn’t have anything to do with the sheriff. Taking away the voting rights of an eligible person awaiting trial is illegal,” Coleman-Wright said.

The argument could be made that it does have something to do with Israel given as he authorized Snipes to enter his jail. It’s unclear whether it would’ve been illegal for him to deny entry.

The reaction on social media has been mixed, with some defending Pollack’s anger, and others suggesting it was misguided.

“As distasteful as this is, is it the fault of ‘despicable Democrats?'” one Twitter user wrote, referencing the Parkland father’s tweets. “People in jail awaiting trial are allowed to vote. You can’t pick and choose who you allow to register.”

Pollack’s replied, “My daughter was murdered and buried. She can’t vote.”

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Fox notes that Cruz, who reportedly already confessed to the killings, is currently awaiting trial and has offered to plea guilty if prosecutors drop the death penalty. They’ve thus far refused.

Following the Parkland shooting in February, Israel faced widespread criticism for his anti-Second Amendment views, for his department’s poor handling of the shooting and for his massive ego.

Vivek Saxena

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