Local authorities within the San Jose space weren’t notified in 2016 after federal officers detained the man accused of killing nine of his co-workers this week and located him with books about terrorism and writings detailing his hatred of the rail yard the place he labored, the Santa Clara County District Attorney told USA TODAY.
The information might have helped local legislation enforcement and the suspect’s employer probably mitigate the assault Wednesday that took the lives of nine employees of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) gentle rail hub in San Jose, District Attorney Jeff Rosen stated in an interview.
“The DA’s office was not notified,” Rosen stated, including he wasn’t conscious of a single company within the space that was told this information. “I would like to have known this in 2016.”
Rosen, whose workplace additionally helped within the aftermath of the Gilroy Garlic Festival taking pictures two years in the past, described the gut-wrenching feeling seeing his neighborhood as soon as once more endure via one other mass taking pictures. He detailed quite a few potential avenues that local legislation enforcement and the VTA might have completed years in the past had federal authorities handed alongside the information after Samuel Cassidy was detained.
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In 2016 — 5 years earlier than the mass assault — Cassidy was stopped on a visit again from the Philippines by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A Department of Homeland Security memo from the cease, which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal, consists of that an officer discovered Cassidy had “books about terrorism and fear and manifestos … as well as a black memo book filled with lots of notes about how he hates the VTA.”
The memo does not embody why Cassidy was stopped.
Multiple inquiries to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the VTA about their information about Cassidy’s 2016 detainment by federal authorities weren’t returned. A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman stated in a press release the company was working to enhance information being shared with different legislation enforcement.
“Under the leadership of Secretary Mayorkas, in February, DHS commenced a department-wide review which included efforts to ensure law enforcement personnel have the tools and training to identify behavioral indicators associated with targeted violence and policy to improve information sharing with our partners,” DHS spokeswoman Sarah Peck stated in a press release.
Information sharing between companies has been a difficulty that has lengthy plagued the legislation enforcement neighborhood however has expanded and elevated in recent times, with the federal government implementing a number of programs aimed toward growing communication throughout jurisdictions. But nonetheless, issues persist, together with with high-profile incidents from the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this yr and a tip the FBI got earlier than the 2018 taking pictures in Parkland, Fla. that was never investigated or handed alongside to authorities in South Florida.
“There may have been interventions that could have put this individual on a different path,” Rosen stated. “And when I say interventions, I mean that quite broadly. I mean, mental health interventions, counseling interventions, and as well as law enforcement interventions, in terms of whether the individual had firearms, and so forth.”
He detailed California’s red-flag legal guidelines and his workplace’s work to quickly take away firearms from people who had been believed to be a hazard to themselves or others, however famous it was unclear when Cassidy obtained his firearms and whether or not he owned a gun in 2016. Rosen stated his workplace has filed greater than 200 of a lot of these restraining orders over latest years and stated it is helped cease “dozens of these kinds of instances from happening in our county and saved countless lives.”
“If we had had that information, or local law enforcement had had that information, we would have looked into it,” Rosen stated of doubtless utilizing the crimson flag legal guidelines on Cassidy. “And that’s just the truth.”
But, Rosen stated, his workplace and the legislation enforcement neighborhood normally is much from excellent and even with the early alerts, there isn’t any method to know whether or not this might have been averted.
“We’re not perfect,” he stated. “I feel like the standard we have to reach is perfection to stop these, and we’re human beings doing the very best we can. And you know, there’s not a news story written about the dozens of mass shootings that we have averted.”
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Rosen’s workplace took the lead on organising a household help middle to assist these impacted by the taking pictures, providing assist to the victims, households and people who knew these killed with all the things from monetary assist to counseling. His workplace can be serving to run forensics on the weapons and bullets at a criminal offense lab that Rosen jokingly in comparison with the tv present CSI, detailing that his workplace uploads information about the bullets and firearms right into a nationwide database to assist discover hyperlinks to different unsolved crimes.
Rosen stated his workplace remains to be processing Cassidy’s firearms and the shell casings discovered on the taking pictures. He added his workplace doesn’t know when Cassidy bought his firearms or the place they had been obtained.
Photos launched by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Friday confirmed the assortment of weapons and the hundreds of rounds Cassidy had in his residence. Authorities additionally discovered a number of cans of gasoline, suspected Molotov Cocktails, 12 firearms and about 22,000 rounds.
Rosen stated the back-to-back shootings has been like reliving a nightmare for him, his staff and the neighborhood at giant.
“It’s like you’re reliving another nightmare but you’re like, ‘oh, this isn’t the previous nightmare, it’s a new nightmare.’ And it’s layered on top of what happened two years ago,” he stated. “It’s sad and wearying but yet everyone knows we can’t give up. Quite the contrary, it’s now like, ‘Alright, what can we do better and differently to prevent this from happening again.'”
Contributing: Will Carless and Grace Hauck