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Police knew about killer's videos before rampage

Sheriff's Deputies Didn't Watch Elliot Rodger's Videos
Although police first said deputies "were unaware" of Elliot Rodger's disturbing videos posted before an even more disturbing rampage, it turns out that's not exactly true.
Sheriff's Deputies Didn't Watch Elliot Rodger's Videos

DIANA PEREZ, ABC ANCHOR: "The guns Rodger used in the killings last Friday were stashed inside that very same apartment at the time, but police never searched the residence or conducted a check to determine if he owned firearms because they didn't consider him a threat."

Police say Rodger stabbed three men to death inside his apartment last week before fatally shooting three other people. He also shot or tried to run over 13 more people with his car. (Via KABC)

On Thursday, the Santa Barbara Sheriff clarified deputies did know about disturbing videos before an April welfare check. They just didn't watch them.

In his self-pitying manifesto "My Twisted World" now posted to Scribd, Rodger wrote of the welfare check.
"I tactfully told them that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room ... that would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over. When they left, the biggest wave of relief swept over me."

ELLIOT RODGER: "I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it."
It should be noted the widely-cited YouTube video with Rodger describing what he called his retribution hadn't been posted at the time of the check.

While the sheriff says deputies followed policy during the welfare check on Rodger, mental health experts are questioning why they didn't check the videos when they were the reasons his mother and therapist contacted police in the first place.

The vice president of the LA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness told the Los Angeles Times, "If somebody was concerned about them enough to report them it would seem to me to be part of the checkup."

The Washington Post reports the sheriff's office didn't return its email seeking comment on the previous statements that said deputies were unaware of Rodger's videos.

A retired police captain who oversaw LAPD's mental health team told the Los Angeles Times watching the videos might not have changed the outcome of the killings, but it would have been part of a thorough investigation.

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alans022 May 30 2014 at 10:02 AM

blame everyone except the animal that did the actual murders. geez

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iconcd May 30 2014 at 11:08 AM


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Peachpie May 30 2014 at 10:22 AM

What? Checking the vid's should have squashed all his plans. The losers were afraid of the responsibility of finding out the worse.

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allstarcaps May 30 2014 at 11:11 AM

Lib motto....Never let a good crisis go to waste ---- That being said, the REAL blame goes to the sick mind that carried out the act, and those around him who KNEW and did NOTHING!!

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hanlon1212 allstarcaps May 30 2014 at 12:16 PM

Benghazi fundraising ?

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Ed allstarcaps May 30 2014 at 10:15 PM

There's plenty of blame to around in cases like this, and most of that blamed can always be consigned to the shooter, but that doesn't excuse the organization that fights tooth and nail to fight laws that would make it easier to get guns out the hands of the murderous nuts before the murderous nuts start killing people with those guns and the NRA does just that. I own guns, but I'd never object to laws that called for longer waiting periods, and I'd never object to laws that allowed those guns to be taken from me if I was shown to be mentally unstable.
I know of a guy who owns about 60 guns who's being treated for rage problems at a government run facility. They keep increasing his dose of medication, but they can't take his gun. We have ticking time bombs like this guy and others (I know of several gun owners who collect mental disability, they're not mentally responsible enough to bag groceries, but they're responsible enough to own guns?).

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Cheryl May 30 2014 at 11:25 AM

The police always say we can't do anything about a the person because they haven't hurt anybody yet. Police need to change this policy. In this country we treat Mental Illness as a psycological problem but it should be treated as a medical problem. We need to find the gene in the brain or the body to prevent this illness. We need Dr's researching this illness and stopping it. Mental Illness is worse then Cancer due to it's non curable state. The medications memtally ill people get put on are filled with harmful side effects. No wonder some mentally ill people get off the medication.

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LONNIE May 30 2014 at 11:08 AM

it comes down to bad police work,the parents called police,gave them video's and the kid said himself it would have all been over if they had gone a little further , what does that tell you now it comes out they didn't even look at the tapes what the hell the only other thing that could of happened is if the kid went to the police dept and told them he wanted to go kill people, the issue is that police dept is lazy and the idea of waiting for someone to do something is bullshit when you have tapes in your hands saying what is going to happen.

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boardsrbetter May 30 2014 at 11:26 AM

His parents OBVIOUSLY didnt properly raise him, and the cops admittedly missed obvious signs of mental distress. You cant blame a mentally ill person for his actions, thats why they go to hospitals, not prisons, i think his parents need to evaluate thier roles in this.

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hanlon1212 May 30 2014 at 12:15 PM

Those cops aided and abetted the murders by not checking those videos .

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jurmik May 30 2014 at 10:36 AM

The police said he was a good guy, so were the other mass murderers.

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Rachel May 30 2014 at 1:25 PM

What a bunch of STUPID, FAT, LAZY, SLOBS!! They get paid for sitting on their butts in front of donut shops..how much more stupid can the be? They look and act like the sheriffs of Dukes of Hazards (in the 70s)! Lame brains!!

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smithorcolt Rachel May 30 2014 at 6:08 PM

How much more stupid........................Pot calling the kettle black

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mary151 Rachel May 30 2014 at 6:53 PM

What a stupid comment. If the cops had the time to watch every screwed up kids like you posting dumb comments on youtube, they 'd have time for nothing else. The blame rests on the killer, who wasn't a kid really but a young adult.

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Imshortandstubby mary151 May 30 2014 at 7:10 PM

the family gave the cops thye video and told them that he might be planning on killing. they should have taken the time to watch those videos.

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Rachel mary151 May 31 2014 at 1:29 AM

You're just as stupid as the Santa Barbara police!

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