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(Stephen Dinan) The Obama administration said Wednesday it will send $2.5 million in taxpayer money to reimburse Connecticut police agencies, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. saying the money can help heal the community after 20 kids were killed in last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The money will be divided between the state police, the towns of Newtown and Monroe, and other local agencies who responded.
“Providing support to the law enforcement agencies that responded to the horrific scene that awaited them at Sandy Hook Elementary School is one small action we can take to bring healing to a community that’s been devastated,” Mr. Holder said.
The unofficial results were 4,504 for the grant offer and 558 against, Fox News reported. The town plans to begin demolition next month.
The school has been shuttered since Dec. 14, when 20 students and six staff members were shot and killed. Students have been attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe, the Hartford Courant reported.
Voters leaving the polls had mixed thoughts about the costs of the proposal.
“I feel like the state doesn’t have enough money and the federal government doesn’t have enough money,” Karen Banks told the Courant. “It’d be nice to have support to build a school, but I’m still not so sure that we really need a school based on demographics.”
(Jason Devaney) The Obama administration is fast-tracking a huge payout to the agencies helping victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, giving the families of those slain millions more in potential assistance than victims from Sandy Hook, Boston, and other mass murders.
According to Reuters, a chunk of the $29 million — which was allocated as part of the government’s national Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant program — can help provide services to the families of those killed. Among the dead was Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who also served as a South Carolina state senator.
The $29 million payout is significantly more than what was given to assist the victims of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting ($2.9 million); the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting ($1.5 million); and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing ($8.3 million).
The Department of Justice press release detailing the payout for the Aurora victims read, “The total number of victims of this crime is more than 1,500. This includes the twelve killed, sixty-nine wounded and their families, other people in the theater complex at that time, people evacuated from an apartment complex where explosive devices were discovered, and first responders to the emergency.”
Typically, the funds go through a variety of first responder units and groups involving everything from grief counselors and funeral assistance that swoop in after momentous tragedies.
In the case of Colorada, for instance, the money went to The Colorado Department of Public Safety. That agency provided funding to other Colorado agencies, including the 18th District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, the Aurora Mental Health Center, Denver and Aurora Police Departments, and Jefferson and Arapahoe County Sheriffs’ Departments.
The release pertaining to the Sandy Hook shooting makes no mention of the number of victims, but the massacre did result in the death of 20 children and seven adults. The shooter, Adam Lanza, shot and killed himself after the shooting.
Three spectators at the Boston Marathon were killed in the 2013 bombing, and roughly 280 people were injured. A manhunt for the two bombers resulted in the death of one and the arrest of the other just days later. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in May.
The announcement regarding the Sandy Hook payout came a year after the shooting; the Aurora announcement occurred seven months after that shooting; and the Boston payout announcement came nine months after the bombing.
The Reuters story announcing the Charleston payout came just two days after the shooting.
According to InvestmentWatch, the government made other payouts to the Sandy Hook victims following the initial $1.5 million, and the total amount of federal assistance given to them now adds up to $14.3 million — still less than half of what was given to Charleston.
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