This is what happens when bureaucrats put procedures and policies above the safety of human life.
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.
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A third SWAT member, Officer Kevin Gonzalez, was accused of being linked to several social media posts that put the city and police in a negative light, and was suspended for violating the department’s social media policy and the code of conduct … All three were notified Feb. 22 of their indefinite removal from what their department called a “privileged program” and were ordered to surrender their SWAT-issued rifles, but they remain on active duty for their other assignments, Rues said.
There’s more at the link.
In one sense, I can understand the decision. If one doesn’t know which responders are on scene or on the way there, there’s the risk that one or more might become a “friendly fire” casualty – it’s happened before. However, there’s an overriding priority when it comes to mass casualty events, potential or actual. That priority is to stop the incident becoming any worse. If it’s a shooter, take him down if possible; if not, get potential victims out of the danger zone as quickly as possible. You can’t do that while the bullets are still flying if you hang back and wait for orders. That’s what the Broward County Sheriff’s Office did – and they’re being (rightly) pilloried for it. I wonder how many children died or were injured because that order was given?
I think every officer who dropped everything and responded is to be commended for their courage and dedication to duty. As for command and control issues; yes, they exist, but there are times when they take second place to saving lives. IMHO, the Parkland school shooting was such a time.