SWAT Cops Suspended For Refusing to Stand Down and Trying to Stop Parkland Shooter

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 Parkland, FL — In the aftermath of the recent Parkland school  shooting, the cowardice of many of the police who responded to the  shooting has created an ongoing conversation in the media about the role  of individual officers in life-threatening situations. 

As we reported last month,  4 officers from the Broward County Sheriff’s office took cover and  waited for backup during the shooting instead of going inside to stop  the killer. The officer’s actions sparked outrage and left many people  horrified at the fact that so many cops would stand on the sidelines as  children were being murdered. It turns out that there were actually a few officers who had the  courage to go in after the killer—but now they are being punished for  it. 

According to the Sun-Sentinel,  two Miramar SWAT team members are being suspended for going into the  school to stop the shooting because they did not have permission to do  so. The SWAT members were suspended on the grounds that their attempt to  help created an “officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for  their actions.” Miramar SWAT team commander Captain Kevin Nosowicz wrote a memo to the officers on Feb. 22 which stated, “On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, you responded to an incident within the city limits of Parkland. This response was conducted without the knowledge or authorization  from your chain of command. Self Response to incidents outside of our  jurisdiction creates a lack of accountability for your actions. This  type of response also creates an officer safety situation due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity. Effective Immediately you have been temporarily suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice. Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT issued rifle.” The memo went on to say that their actions were discovered through social media, and it somehow made the city look bad. “It was discovered that there were several social media posts  that were posted on the City of Miramar websites. These posts were found  to have a direct connection to you and the incident that occurred within the city of Parkland. These posts were found to have a negative connotation to our city and the Miramar police department. The indirect dissemination of information regarding crimes or incidents is a violation of the department’s social media policy,” the memo stated. 

A Miramar PD spokesperson said that they were not suspended for responding, but for not going through the proper protocol.  “Miramar PD had numerous officers and a victim advocate respond,  without incident. The two SWAT officers temporarily suspended from the  SWAT team, but not active duty, were not suspended for responding, but  for NOT advising that they responded. They did not advise prior to  self-dispatching, during the incident, nor immediately following. This  is an officer safety issue, a violation of policy and goes against  incident command training and the best practices learned from other mass  casualty/shooting incidents,” the spokesperson said. 

Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano commended the officers despite their suspension. “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,” Marano said. 

As TFTP reported,  all first responders were told to stand down and not enter the school.  Some of them have spoken out, noting that they “could’ve saved lives” if  they were allowed to go inside the school. Instead, children were left  bleeding out instead of receiving the care they so desperately needed  that could’ve saved them. 


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How on earth did they expect the officers to stand down when havoc was been done? Instead of praising their bravity, they decided to suspend them. Were the autorities in collaboration with the killers? Sometimes these people leave us with various thoughts. They were not fair and should appologise to those officers for deformation of character.

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they got in trouble because they didn't call in that they were responding.

I hope everyone who screwed up, all the FBI agents and cops and sheriffs on the dozens and dozens of calls they failed to follow up on are all held accountable as well. The police don't have guns to protect you they have them to protect themselves.

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It necessary to have strong policies but in such situation it's just stupid to fire cops who did something good! They should be honored !

WOW!!! how dare you do what you were hired to do.. Suspended lol This week in my city a gang of antifa rioted on a street that has seen gentrification. The initial cops that arrived retreated because they had rocks thrown at them. After all was said and done, not a single antifa rioter was arrested... When did cops become such cowards?

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Those cops should have jumped in the situation and would have acted a GUARD for innocent children who were even so scared of gun shooting. Highly unlike professionals who waited for back up to save what ????

Am disappointed in the authorities that suspended them.
What should have applied here was to give them a medal for gallantry for others to strive to be like them.

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This is another clear cut evidence that our value systems are upside down. Funny how rules supposed to aid us now work against us.

Unfortunately, it seems like the world we live in has got no place for good guys. Only the bad and cowards seem to excel. Its a shame

I think this captures the concept of the absurd, perfectly. Reminds me of a scene from Kafka, where bureaucrats push papers from one box into another, without knowing where the papers come from or where they are going. The SWAT team members did what most of us think is reasonable and heroic. They saw a crisis and responded without concern for their own safety. They deserve medals, not suspensions.

Good information

thanks for useful contribution

WHAT?!?! Thats ridiculous! Those guys deserve a medal, not suspension!
And officers were actually told to stand down and not enter? Man, them poor kids were really let down on ALL levels with this shooting.

The Enemy of right thing is the good thing.

He does good, but do you think is it right to disobey your Head Leader?

Just asking...

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I believe that it's the only moral thing to do.

In schools we learn that obeying is good, disobeying is wrong.
Well look at history, all those order followers that drop bombs, torture people, millions died in gulags and concentration camps. It would have been better if all those would have followed their own conscience instead of "just doing their job just following orders".

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And that's his free will, to disobey his leader. But as for their Law; disobeying your leader is a violation and has a consiquence.

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You can quit or not join in the first place.

I have no ruler, or leader as you call it, who's opinion stands above my moral compass/conscience.

This video explains well what Law is.

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But before you enter the course of being a cop, there's a lot of briefs and you can search what you will, do what to do and what are the rules that you need to consider.

I think that SWAT knows what is right and moral for him.

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Truth

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I believe that it's the only moral thing to do.

In schools we learn that obeying is good, disobeying is wrong.
Well look at history, all those order followers that drop bombs, torture people, millions died in gulags and concentration camps. It would have been better if all those would have followed their own conscience instead of "just doing their job just following orders".

Edit Oh I see the reply is double. It gave an error the first time so I pushed the post button again.

I am totally disappointed as to how the authorities responded towards their actions. Protocols are protocols but I suppose they were just doing their job.

Good post

He did the right thing and he was punished for it. Disappointing!! Thanks for sharing.

A swat officer with acting without the knowledge of chain of command is at best an armed civilian at worst a vigilante.

In the event they shot and killed the shooter or caught anyone in the cross fire with out orders to engage they become liable for charges of murder, or man slaughter.

Tactical response groups are dangerous to be involved in and relies heavily on discipline for the protection of the team and the community they are deployed with the intent of being coordinated, if you can't be where you are expected to be you shouldn't be in swat.

Almost unbelievable how was he to stand down anyway.....

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Wow,,, Amazing the picture

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What picture? May be profile picture. Right?

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