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Here’s What We Know About The Alleged School Shooter Nikolas Cruz

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This is the 30th mass shooting in the U.S. this year.

A shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has left 17 people dead and 14 injured. Nikolas Cruz is in custody as the suspect who perpetrated the school shooting on Valentine’s Day with an AR-15 rifle. The AR-15 is an assault style weapon that is highly customizable. The AR-15 weapon has been used in multiple mass shootings including Aurora, Colorado, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and Sandy Hook Elemntary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooting at the Florida high school has become the 18th school shooting in a month and a half, according to Everytown For Gun Safety. That is 18 school shootings in 45 days. Students at Cruz’ former high school say that they are not surprised that Cruz would commit a mass shooting at the high school. According to law enforcement officials and former classmates, Cruz’ social media accounts were filled with images of guns, knives, and animals he killed with BB guns.

“All he would talk about is guns, knives and hunting,” Joshua Charo, 16, a former classmate at the high school, told Miami Herald. “I can’t say I was shocked. From past experiences, he seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this.”

According to Miami Herald, Cruz was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for undisclosed behavioral reasons. Yet, student Victoria Olvera, 17, says that he was abusive with his ex-girlfriend and got into a fight with her boyfriend after they broke up. Olvera also said that Cruz was expelled last school year.

Cruz and his biological brother were adopted by Lynda and Roger Cruz, a couple from Long Island, New York, who raised the boys in Parkland, Florida. Roger died in 2005 of a heart attack and Lynda died in November from pneumonia brought on by the flu. After the death of his mother, a family friend took the two boys into their home, according to Miami Herald. The family that took him in knew about his AR-15 but made him keep it locked in a gun safe. He was given a key for the safe.

Nikolas has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the white supremacy group Republic of Florida admits that Nikolas was part of the organization.

This is an ongoing story. Check back to mitú as the story continues to develop.

(H/T: Miami Herald)


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Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, two women can be heard telling the Puerto Rican manager of a Burger King restaurant in Florida to “go back to Mexico” after they heard him speaking Spanish to an employee.

Footage of the interaction that was recently shared on Facebook shows the two women in a heated exchange with Ricardo Castillo, the general manager of the restaurant.

The two women were filmed by another customer who happened to be Latina.

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Two racist customers at a Burger King in Florida told the manager to go back to Mexico – when he is from the US territory of Puerto Rico.

Another customer videoed the heated exchange as the Spanish-speaking manager told the two women to leave his restaurant near Orlando.

‘Go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish,’ one of the woman is heard to say from her seat after overhearing manager Ricardo Castillo speaking in Spanish with an employee. 

You can see the video that has gone viral here.

The clip, posted onto Facebook by Neyzha Borrero on July 6, shows Ricardo Castillo, who is Puerto Rican, repeatedly condemn the two women for being prejudiced before asking them to leave after they told him to “go back to Mexico” because he was speaking to an employee in Spanish.

“When you’re in America, you should speak American English,” one of the women can be heard telling Castillo.

Raising his voice, Castillo adds: “Guess what ma’am, I’m not Mexican, I’m not Mexican but you’re being very prejudice and I want you out of my restaurant, right now.”

One of the women then says they’ll leave after they have finished their meal. The general manager retorts: “You know what, I’ll do it for you ma’am, I’ll call the cops.”

Eventually the women get up and leave the restaurant as Castillo tells each of them to have a great day.

Of course, reactions on Twitter came quick and strong.

Nearly everyone on Twitter came to support Castillo and commended him for his calm attitude in the face of discrimination and abuse.

Some pointed out just how common these types of racist exchanges are becoming.

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With many people saying that thanks to racist comments from our leaders in government and our media (such as Fox News), people are feeling more emboldened than ever to share their racist views.

Others took to Twitter to tell Burger King that Castillo deserves a big raise for how he handled the situation.

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Borrero, the woman who filmed the incident said “I was very surprised by his reaction. I think even though he was being verbally attacked and discriminated, he handled it very, very well. He never used profanity to them. He never insulted them, he just asked them to leave and never come back to his restaurant.”

And some pointed out just how racist this exchange was.

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Sadly, it’s totally true. If Castillo had been white and speaking a language other than Spanish, we can pretty much guarantee that this racist, abusive exchange never would of happened.

These Migrant Kids Are Being Held In A Prison While Former Members Of The Trump Administration Are Making Money Off Their Imprisonment

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These Migrant Kids Are Being Held In A Prison While Former Members Of The Trump Administration Are Making Money Off Their Imprisonment

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One of the most shocking parts of the American justice system is our reliance on for-profit prisons. Companies that own private prisons make money off the number of people they house, so they push for more people to be incarcerated.

This encourages the prison industry to give money to politicians who claim to be tough on crime or anti-immigration. So, essentially, what we consider to be a crime is now often influenced by the prisons and jails who stand to profit.

Along the way, the prison industrial complex ruins lives and takes away people’s basic freedoms, all to make a dollar. 

For example, one US company is making $750 each day for every kid it has imprisoned in its detention center.

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One company that appears to be making a killing off of the Trump Administration’s inhumane immigration policies is Caliburn International Corp. Caliburn charges $750 per child, per day to house immigrant children at a temporary shelter in Homestead, Florida.

At $750 per day, the children could literally be staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami.

The children who find their way to this facility are unaccompanied minors who arrived at the U.S. border seeking asylum. Most of them are Central American. 

Unfortunately, the shocking levels of connection between the government and for-profit prisons aren’t really shocking anyone.

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Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly recently joined its board of directors. He previously had been on the board of an investment firm that now owns the company.

This same company owns the now infamous Homestead facility which many people described as being like an actual prison than a detention center for child migrants.

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The Homestead facility caught the public’s attention for its prison-like conditions in which children are not allowed to touch one another and walk single-file to 15-minute meals. They may not use the restroom without permission and are only allowed two ten-minute phone calls with a family member per week.

“These children are battling a sense of deep helplessness and sheer frustration and confusion on why they don’t know anything or on why they are still detained,” attorney Neha Desai told the Miami Herald. “It’s profoundly distressing for them and something needs to be done.”

The facility sits on federal property, and unlike established children’s shelters, such as smaller group or foster homes that hold migrant children across the country, is not governed by state child welfare regulations designed to protect kids from harm.

Over 2,300 children are currently at the facility and some stay for months, even those who have family members waiting to pick them up.

Many weren’t surprised by the news and pointed out that we probably don’t even know the half of it.

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In the two and half years of the Trump administration, story after story of government corruption has been uncovered.

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