As the nation begins to painfully piece together the full narrative of what happened at a Parkland, Florida high school last month, one thing has become increasingly apparent: The Sheriffs of Broward County have a whole lot of explaining to do.
Not only was the shameful Sheriff’s office colluding with the Parkland school district on a leniency policy that awarded the school federal grant money, but Broward County officers refused to engage shooter Nikolas Cruz at the scene of the crime. There is no room for that sort of bashfulness in law enforcement, particularly not at the level that these men purport to hold.
Earlier this week, video from the security cameras at Stoneman Douglas High School was released, showing the panicked and unprofessional “Sheriffs” not-so-courageously waiting outside for this whole thing to blow over.
Of course, this has further incensed a nation already furious with the actions of these lowly “men”.
Worse yet, according to official training documents released today, the protocol of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department is to, number one, engage the shooter.
“Judicial Watch notes that Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operations docs explain that the reason for confronting the shooter is to save lives. The training and operations ‘lesson plan’ instructs deputies to confront a shooter immediately because ‘history shows when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual… they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves. Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop.’
“On February 22, Israel confirmed to ABC 13 that Peterson did not enter the building and confront the shooter. He also informed media that Peterson decided to resign after the fact, rather than face suspension.
“Judicial Watch’s report also showed that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel ‘was also eligible for $2000 in supplemental pay for completing a 20-hr training course. In 2016, the Sheriff received a warning letter that he had not successfully completed the course & his supplemental pay was being withheld.’ The letter did not distinguish if the training course involved preparation for active shooter situations.”
The failure of these slovenly sheriffs may have potentially cost more than a dozen lives in Parkland.
And now, in a community in mourning, a criminal element now recognizes the authorities as weak and exposed. We mustn’t neglect the adverse effects of Broward County’s outing as ineffective and obtuse. Now, the city will be seen as weak, and vulnerable to organized crime.