In the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland that left 17 dead, a measure passed the Senate Appropriations committee that would allow law enforcement officers to investigate any deadly threats made by a person on any social media network. This is to ensure that future attacks are prevented and that assailants are caught with time.
The measure, formally titled SB 310, would make it a third-degree felony for anyone threatening to kill or commit any bodily harm to another person through social media.
To further explain the measure, Amy Mercer, the Florida Police Chief’s head, which oversees all police chiefs in police departments, university campuses and airports, explained that the legislation would “give law enforcement the chance to assess the situation. It may be a situation when law enforcement can go assist and give an individual help and prevent a tragedy like the one we saw in Parkland.”
Today, SB 310 was amended so that internet and service providers would not be liable if a threat is made that leads to a tragedy happening. If it passes the last committee stop in Senate rules, changes would be effective October 1st.
The move comes after it was reported to the FBI that Nikolas Cruz, the perpetrator of the Parkland shooting, was displaying bizarre behavior and making threats online concerning a school shooting he was alluding to conduct. The FBI failed to pursue an investigation and instead disregarded the tips made by those close to Cruz.