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Archive for March 17th, 2022

Walter Slosar Named Chief Patrol Agent in Charge of Border Patrol’s Miami Sector Headquarters

By Steve Neavling

Walter N. Slosar has been named chief patrol agent in charge of Border Patrol’s Miami Sector headquarters. 

Slosar replaces John Modlin, who now leads the Tucson Border Patrol Sector.  

Before the appointment, Slosar was serving as acting deputy chief patrol agent of the El Paso Sector. 

During his career with Border Patrol, Slosar has held a variety of supervisory, managerial and leadership positions, including patrol agent in charge of the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Fort Hancock, Texas, stations, assistant chief patrol agent at Border Patrol’s headquarters in Washington D.C., and division chief of operations for the El Paso Sector. 

“I am excited for this opportunity, and I am honored to serve alongside the dedicated men and women who make up the Miami Sector,” Slosar said in a statement. “The Miami Sector has established tremendous partnerships with law enforcement partners and stakeholders throughout Florida and the Caribbean. I look forward to working with all of our partners and supporting a unified effort to secure our coastal border and to protect our communities.”

DOJ Reaches $127.5M Settlement with Families of Parkland School Shooting Victims over FBI’s Inaction

Nikolas Cruz via instagram

By Steve Neavling

The federal government has agreed to pay the families of victims of the 2018 Parkland shooting massacre $127.5 million. The families alleged in lawsuits that the FBI failed to act on tips that may have prevented the shooting, the Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday. 

“The settlement does not amount to an admission of fault by the United States,” the DOJ said. 

The shooting occurred on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded an additional 17. 

The settlement will go to 16 of the 17 families of those killed. One of the families opted not to sue.

The families accused the FBI of negligence for failing to act on tips about Cruz. One came about five weeks before the shooting, when a tipster said Cruz had purchased guns and planned to “slip into a school and start shooting the place up.”

The tip never made its way to the FBI’s South Florida office, and the bureau never contacted Cruz, who had a troubling history of mental and behavioral problems. 

Cruz, who pleaded guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder in October 2021, faces a death sentence or life in prison when he is sentenced in April.