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Coral Springs Police call security video delay in school shooting a miscommunication

Coral Springs Police call security video delay in school shooting a miscommunication

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (CBS12) — The Coral Springs Police Department held a news conference to discuss its response to the deadly high school shooting in Parkland.

It happened a week ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, is accused of killing 17 people.

After the shooting, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Cruz walked to a Walmart to buy a drink at Subway, then strolls to McDonald's and leaves.

80 minutes after the gunfire at the high school, a Coconut Creek Police officer arrested Cruz in Coral Springs.

The chief addressed a report on the school security video and its role in police tracking down the school gunman. The chief said when the person was reviewing the tapes from inside the school from 20 minutes earlier, it wasn't communicated to the officers that there was a 20 minute delay in the video. The department said the delay actually expedited the search process since officers believed the school gunman was still in the building.

Broward Schools released a statement on the matter through spokeswoman Tracy Clark:

In response to media inquiries regarding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s surveillance camera system, please see the District’s statement below:

The District is aware of a recent article released in the Sun Sentinel, suggesting the surveillance camera system at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was operating on a delay. The information contained in that article does not accurately reflect the capability of the surveillance system. The District also believes the account of events reported in the article does not adequately or accurately reflect the full circumstances in immediately responding to the event. The surveillance system definitely has the ability to view the cameras in real-time. It also has the ability to view the recorded footage and replay footage from earlier in the day. During the immediate response to the event, the system was being viewed in real-time and the recorded footage was being viewed to retrace the actions of the shooter. The District no longer has access to the video footage, as the server and all footage related to the incident was removed from the District’s possession through a search warrant as part of the investigation to the event.

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