Florida, you’re seriously broken:
In case there weren't enough catastrophic government failures leading up to the Florida shooting, they're adding some after the fact, too. https://t.co/UMHNVgxcKQ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 8, 2018
You see, these two Miramar SWAT team members were “suspended indefinitely” because they responded to the shooting at Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla. That’s right … they’re suspended because they, you know, tried to protect the kids. From the Sun-Sentinel:
When a gunman started shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two Miramar SWAT team members did what comes naturally: They went to help.
Now they’ve been suspended for it.
The officers did not have permission to respond to the shooting at Parkland on Feb. 14, when 17 people were killed.
And that created an officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions, according to their police department.
But their union reacted differently.
“While it may have been a violation of policy to not notify their supervisors that they were going there, their intentions were brave and heroic, I think,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said Wednesday.
The SWAT officers who responded were Detective Jeffrey Gilbert and Detective Carl Schlosser. One of them told supervisors he was in the Coral Springs area when the gunfire happened; it’s not known where the other drove from, police spokeswoman Tania Rues
The rest here.
Here’s an idea: Call the suspension a paid vacation and give these two heroes a medal and we’ll call it even:
“The instinct to run toward danger is a common one in police officers”—so the Miramar police department suspended them. WTF. https://t.co/pN43bqaPz1
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) March 8, 2018
More coverage here:
Miramar Police Department suspends 2 SWAT officers who raced to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February 14 shooting because they did not have permission to respond. pic.twitter.com/zvWUk2LHyw
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) March 8, 2018