Two SWAT Officers Suspended Because They Headed Towards Gunfire at Parkland Massacre
When Nikolas Cruz began shooting at Parkland’s Douglas High School, two SWAT members of the Miramar Florida Police Department headed into danger to stop the gunman, and now they have been suspended from the SWAT unit.
They simply did what they needed to do to protect the community, and immediately headed towards the gunfire.
Eight days after the tragedy, the two Miramar officers, Det. Jeffery Gilbert and Det. Carl Schlosser, were temporarily suspended from duty with the SWAT team.
A third Miramar SWAT team member, Officer Kevin Gonzalez, was also temporarily suspended for his “direct connection” to online posts criticizing Miramar police after the shooting. A source familiar with the posts said they questioned why Miramar’s SWAT team was not sent to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz, and that they may have been made by Gonzalez’s girlfriend.
“These posts were found to have a negative connotation to our city and the Miramar Police Department,” stated a memo informing Gonzalez of his suspension.
All three have been suspended from the SWAT unit as punishment for their “reckless” actions. They still remain on active duty for regular police duty.
“Effective immediately you have been suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice,” wrote Capt. Kevin Nosowicz, the unit’s commander, in a Feb. 22 memo obtained by the Miami Herald through a public records request. “Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT-issued rifle.”
This on the heels of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has identifying that Captain Jan Jordan t directed responding deputies and units to “stage” or form a “perimeter” outside the school, instead of rushing immediately into the building, as the mass shooting unfolded there.
Multiple law enforcement and official sources said the commands in the initial moments after Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire would go against all training which instructs first responders to “go, go, go” until the shooter is neutralized.
You know things are cattywompus when brave cops are disciplined for responding to a mass murderer. This while the reports of four others who hid behind their car doors rather than responding were initially covered up.
The officers did not have permission to respond to the shooting and that created an officer safety issue. That 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 said.
“They were both close by [the high school],” Rues said.
Broward Sheriff’s Office claims it was worried about over-crowding a chaotic scene with law enforcement officers.
BUT THERE WERE NO OFFICERS IN THERE! The Broward Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t let anyone in there! What a bunch of lowlife morns.
While the Miramar officers were desperate to head to Stoneman Douglas, the first BSO deputies to arrive didn’t rush in to confront the shooter. This has led to questions about how well the agency handled its response. Four armed deputies, including school resource officer Scot Peterson, did not immediately enter the building where Cruz slaughtered students and staff. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has said is agency policy. A BSO captain also issued an order to form a perimeter whilet the shooting was still going on.
“Police officers have an inherent bias for action. The minute they hear there’s a violent incident underway their immediate inclination is to go to it and try to stop the violence that is occurring.” Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based police research organization, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel last June. “And we want that in police officers. The problem is being able to channel that.”
But police response plans around the country were changed under Obama to avoid having cops swarm to scenes.
Rather than attacking the guns, maybe the focus should be on the other factors that contributed to the horrific event.
Incompetence in leadership is a great place to start, especially when their actions are so glaring and asinine.