Video shows deputy didn't enter school while gunman killed 17

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A person close to the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, then called the FBI's public tipline on January 5 warning them of his gun ownership and concerns of a possible school shooting.

The Broward Sheriff's Office active shooter policy calls for deputies to interrupt a shooting and search for victims when there's a ceasefire.

Wednesday's plea came after Cruz's attorney told the judge the 19-year-old was standing mute, meaning he was declining to enter a plea.

Some of the families held hands during the hearing and wore bracelets that read "MSD Strong".

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Relatives of Cruz were present for the hearing. His brother Zachary was present and was crying as his sibling entered the courtroom, according to WPLG in Miami. A defense attorney indicated Cruz' late mother had a $50,000 life insurance policy ready for disbursement, of which Cruz is entitled to half.

In its filing, the prosecution said that, among the aggravating factors spurring its decision, were that Cruz knowingly created a risk of death for many people, his crime was aimed at hindering "any government function or the enforcement of laws" and that the shooting was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel".

Scherer then asked that Cruz file an updated financial form listing assets. Local, state and federal authorities are looking into how the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office responded to repeated warnings about Cruz's potential for carrying out a school shooting; whether multiple sheriff's deputies responding to the shooting remained outside the school, as officers from a nearby city have alleged; and the precise nature of all the interactions Cruz had with authorities.

Due to "strong public interest", a judge ordered the release of the surveillance video from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last month's shooting which left 17 people dead and 15 others wounded.

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A Broward County Jury recently indicted him on 17 counts of premeditated murder and Cruz has already admitted to authorities that he carried out the attack.

Another student speaking in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday said, "Their right to own an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live".

Cruz is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in connection with the mass shooting.

"Death by injection would be too easy in my eyes", Andrew Pollack, father of Meadow Pollack. "I'd rather him rot in prison the rest of his life".

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The school encourages students and the community to show hundreds of acts of kindness in memory of those killed. "We are not saying he is not guilty but we can't plead guilty while death is still on the table", Finkelstein said.

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