Video footage depicting law enforcement officials’ response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was released Wednesday afternoon following lengthy legal proceedings.
The Florida Supreme Court issued two orders Aug. 22 rejecting jurisdiction, leaving to stand two lower court rulings that ordered the videos to be shared publicly. The high court declined to grant petitions of review to the Broward School Board and Broward State Attorney’s office. The two groups had appealed to the state Supreme Court after two lower courts ruled against them and demanded the videos’ release.
The release of the videos is the culmination of efforts on the part of multiple media outlets, arguing it was in the public interest to view surveillance footage showing how officers responded to Nikolas Cruz’s attack on his former high school.
The Dropbox link to the videos came with this statement from the Broward Sheriff’s Office:
“In accordance with the rulings by the trial court and the Fourth District Court of Appeals of the State of Florida, certain additional exterior video from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 is being released,” the statement reads. “Media requested external video showing the law enforcement response to building 12. The courts agreed with the media and ordered the release of additional videos, redacted so as to not show any students.”
Debate over whether the video footage should have been released to the public has been heated and previously divided Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal.