2 SWAT Officers Suspended After Running In At Parkland Massacre

The Miramar police have suspended two members from the SWAT team who responded to the school shooting without orders.

Miramar, FL – The Miramar Police Department has suspended two officers from their SWAT team for responding to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting without having orders to do so.

When the first reports of an active shooter came out, the Miramar officers were in training in Coral Springs, nearby the Parkland high school, and they rushed to assist in stopping the carnage that left 17 students and faculty fatally shot, and another 16 wounded, on Valentine’s Day, the Miami Herald reported.

The police response to the mass shooting at the school – specifically that of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office – has been highly criticized for the incident commander’s failure to use updated active-shooter response methods.

Broward County Sheriff’s Captain Jan Jordan has been criticized for ordering officers to set up a perimeter rather than sending them in to stop the shooter, whose whereabouts were still unknown.

Several police officers and medics have reported that they believed more lives were lost because the incident commander wouldn’t let them respond earlier.

Some critics have called the officers who stayed outside and waited for permission to enter “cowards,” but now Miramar police are punishing two members of their own elite unit who did rush toward danger to try to save students' lives.

Miramar Police Detectives Jeffrey Gilbert and Carl Schlosser were suspended from the Miramar SWAT team eight days after the shooting in Parkland, according to the Miami Herald.

Both remain on active duty with the department, but working in different capacities, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Effective immediately you have been suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice,” Miramar SWAT team commander Captain Kevin Nosowicz wrote in a Feb. 22 memo. “Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT-issued rifle.”

The memo said Det. Gilbert and Det. Schlosser acted “without the knowledge or authorization from your chain of command” and created an “officer safety situation due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity” by heading to the massacre-in-progress independently.

A Miramar PD spokesperson told Blue Lives Matter, "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 Broward County police union disagreed strongly with discipline being levied against the detectives.

“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 Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Jeff Marano told the Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday.

But Broward County law enforcement officials have said that it’s more important to have an organized response to an emergency situation, after more than 2,000 officers responded to the scene of an active shooter at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Jan. 6, 2017.

The after-action report of the incident, which left five people dead and six others wounded, recommended a unified command structure with better communication in the future, to combat confusion caused by a massive influx of law enforcement officers to the scene, according to the Miami Herald.

Miramar Police Public Information Officer Tania Rues told the Miami Herald in an email that her department had dispatched several uniformed officers and a victim advocate to “assist” Broward County sheriff’s deputies at the high school.

However, Rues said the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) had said it did not need assistance from Miramar’s SWAT team.

“Miramar Police command staff placed our SWAT team on stand-by pending a request for additional assistance from BSO,” Rues wrote in the email. “[BSO] did not make a request for Miramar’s SWAT team based on their need at the time.”

Miramar Police Officer Kevin Gonzalez also was suspended from the SWAT team after having been accused of being linked to several social media posts that put the city and police in a negative light, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Officer Gonzalez was suspended for violating the department’s social media policy and the code of conduct, Rues said.

A source told the Miami Herald that the posts questioned why Miramar’s SWAT team was not sent to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz, and said that the posts may have been made by Gonzalez’s girlfriend.

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Atytude
Atytude

WTF is happening to this country

TheDudeAbides
TheDudeAbides

Stuff like this is why police departments across the nation are full of beta males and cowards. They literally punish the few men remaining in the field who will run into a life or death situation to save people.

Poileas
Poileas

This is why I retired after 25+. My son is not happy in Dallas in is leaving. The department and union are progressive shxt bags.

So what if a citizen runs in and engages the bad guy?! Are we going to charge him for having balls and the courage to put his/her life on the line to save many more lives?! WTF!

butterfly
butterfly

Really, it is looking more & more like this was a planed shooting & the administration or mayor or gov. are all in on it. Why would they be angry at 2 officers, the only 2 officers, who honored their oath to protect & serve the citizens of this city!

Gunnysarge0331
Gunnysarge0331

Cause brass seems to be more liberal then line Deputies brass are ticket punchers and only want respect they never earn from jobs that only got them promoted. Reason I never trusted a liberal only looking out for their own asses

Lbjsurfer
Lbjsurfer

And they should wear those suspensions as badges of honor, good job guys...

FairThinker
FairThinker

These two Officers are HEROES! Whoever suspended them should have coward tattooed on his forehead. The person that suspended them caved in to political hooey. A chief that does not stand behind his officers should resign for he is not worthy to command these heroes.

RKwas
RKwas

Those two are heroes, come to AZ, we appreciate people like you, Florida is a jacked up joke!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I worked for the same kind of department until we got a new chief. Punishing cops for every tiny deviation from policy and procedure, regardless of intention or outcome. Pathetic.

Bud
Bud

It sounds like they have some really screwed up people running some departments down there. I feel very sorry for the officers that are trying to do a good job, but even more so for the citizens that must endure command officers with a big ego and little knowledge!

karenb
karenb

suspended for actually caring to get into that school and save lives and do what they are trained to do? Not sure how anyone could have stood outside hiding while shots were heard loud and clear. What really happened in that school? This is where qestions begin.

Daearthisnotflat
Daearthisnotflat

The Gov. is messing up, see all this pisses off cops, and when the revolution starts the Gov. will think the Cops and Military got their backs. NOT SO kitties.

Daearthisnotflat
Daearthisnotflat

Their all in this, it says it in the book " THE SECRET GOVERNMENT" its all predicted

MichTrumpMom
MichTrumpMom

Like the saying goes, "No good deed goes unpunished," when it comes to a school full of kids,i think SWAT feels that NEED for IMMEDIATE Action!!! Look at how many kids have been lost in the past! We KNOW the statistics if nobody gets into that school to find the shooter Immediately! I have no doubt,that 17 lives wouldnt have been lost,had they gotten in and the Browards wouldnt have been cowards! Less injuries as well. We all know what TRUE heros are,it sure wasnt #BrowardsCowards!

Philo_in _AZ
Philo_in _AZ

This is what what happens when your rules become more important than saving lives.

Karl25612
Karl25612

Let me guess, this is an accredited agency?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Good, Now they can sue the pants off the socialist bstrd that suspended them and go get a job with a PD that likes HEROS

Divakaryn
Divakaryn

I would think they reacted because they cared. I get they were training nearby, but they didn't respond as a member of SWAT, just as men who could make a difference. If you're trying to tell me that a member of SWAT can't react to ANY situation because there is an internal force policy stating they can't, I say that agency has it's head up their a$$es. My husband is a retired deputy, I can't tell you the number of times he has voluntarily reacted to "dangerous" situations when not "on-duty." Emergency responders do this because it's who they are.

GingerD
GingerD

The Chief of Police for Miramar PD needs to be fired along with Scott Israel! Heroes are what these two SWAT officers are. They are SWORN TO PROTECT AND SAVE and that is exactly what they were doing.

MtSue
MtSue

CCrease,
Really it doesn't say they were interior causing a conflict.
Its not being dispatched.
As a firefighter this commonly happens when neighborhood departments have turf wars.
I have dispatched myself on a few occasions they should have been dispatched. It's not like they drove across the state and got there a day late. Another stupid way to not do your job and save lives.
If they had checked in on scene they would have found officers sitting on their ass outside if they went in they were right.

Blackbird007
Blackbird007

The powers that be, keep proving to me, this was an inside job.

WOLF3629
WOLF3629

What the fuck is happening to our society?! Up is down, right is wrong.

jamespieratt
jamespieratt

It just proves more and more that this was a planned attack to try and take the peoples guns. Everyone involved in stopping this should all be tryed for murder and also convicted, including that Hillary loving Sherriff, who I´m sure was behing this totally!

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BDDD
BDDD

Read the article, people. It says they weren't suspended for going in; they were suspended for not advising their higher-ups that they were responding.

Onyourside
Onyourside

MASS MEDIA NOT TALKING TO STUDENTS WHO SAID MULTIPLE SHOOTERS!!!
https://d.tube/#!/v/okiedoke/hhamobfn

Stunning Evidence That Florida Shooting Was Carried Out By Multiple Gunmen
https://d.tube/#!/v/morphonios/fhvk4p27

LIVE - Florida High School Shooting Active Shooter Drill aka TRAUMA SIMULATION EVENT
https://youtu.be/ngWSDxF0OQU

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

It's all about protocol. All cops know, when "on the clock," they do not automatically rush to anything in anther jurisdiction, without a request from the jurisdiction asking for help and second without being dispatched by their own agency. SWAT officers should know this ...

Lecherro
Lecherro

There is Always that one......

Dave In Arizona
Dave In Arizona

Officers suspended for helping? Sounds more like California police department.

RockyHerm
RockyHerm

Perhaps they were not representing "the law", but rather being good samaritans. Anyone capable would, and should.