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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Sue1
Sue1

I thought police, on duty or off duty, in their jurisdiction or not, were required to respond to nearby calls??? What is wrong with these Florida police departments??? Telling cops to wrongly stand down while kids are being slaughtered and now punishing those brave souls that went in to end the massacre!!! The Florida Governor needs to take control of the police departments in his state and clean house of all these idiot, political heads of these departments and let the GOOD, BRAVE cops do their job!!!

bronx163
bronx163

Sounds more and more like the lib shitbags in florida created this school shooting to make President Trump look bad.
Sheriff new this kid was a time bomb.fbi new he was dieing to kill
And school and social workers new he was a time bomb. All did nothing.
Everyone forgets the Conneticuit school shooting few yrs back cops there too took 20 minutes to enter the school and till this day there is no police report, ballistics report and all autopsies are bared from release. No proof he used a rifle. I was watching news that day and they held up a rifle and said it was found in his car.
And there too rush to pass bs gun control. Kid took the guns from his mother after he shot her.

bronx163
bronx163

Also pathetic these cops suspended for doing the right thing. Florida is just has northeast mental cancer of fucking their own cops.

Lgunter
Lgunter

Maybe using this as a “coaching” incident for these officers would be better. Since I work on the other side, there is nothing like not knowing where your officers are or are not, in a situation like this. These officers had a duty within their Standard Operating Procedure to contact dispatch to let them know they were enroute, when they were on scene, and there status while they are there until they are code 4 (ok and no further checks are needed). By them not doing this, makes me see red flags and makes me believe that they knew they were not supposed to be going straight to the scene, and were on stand by. Which then... is plain insubordination. Hero’s or not

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

Teddy Roosevelt said it best: "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."

The only two officers who showed any sense of duty, are being punished for doing their job! Is it any wonder why this law enforenforcement agency is a national laughingstock?

SteveH1975
SteveH1975

What a croc!!!! The only 2 cops in the whole place that showed courage by trying to bring the situation to an end, and this is how they get treated. Miramar Police need to reinstate these guys back to SWAT immediately. I salute those 2 officers

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Yes they should have notified the chain of command and be reprimanded but at least they weren’t cowards and hid behind a bush. It should matter they were the only 2 that had balls enough to rush in, doing what a real officer and swat officer would do, we need these type of officer on our streets. They put their lives on the line to help defuse a situation when the cowards of Broward hid behind vehicles and waited while the killings continued. I prey if this ever happens to a school around here no Lesbo looking commander tells our officers to stand and hold while the gunman continues to kill innocent kids. Broward County Sheriffs Department should be ashamed of themselves not for just standing and watching but also for letting the shooter an 18 year old kid, get away and walking out right under their noses. How embarrassing to know a 18 year old little boy with no training bit from a video game outsmarted them. Turn in your sheild and gun and I’d look for a different line of work.

Nobody-
Nobody-

From reading the article, if they had of reported in, they would have been stood down and instructed not to respond.

Sometimes doing the right thing is more important than your job. I bet the suicide rates will be lower for officers that charged in than the ones sitting back letting it happen. Well the conscientious officers anyway, that onsite commander probably sleeps like a baby. She prevented any officer involved fatality by giving the killer space to work. And isnt that the main focus of policing these days? And the whole point of supporting disarming the public, to protect criminals from harm.

MIMI1949
MIMI1949

This is very sad...the ones who were supposed to help the kids~DIDN'T, and the two who tried to help~ ARE BEING PUNISHED... really scares me, as I have family in Florida, and I would be firing the Sheriff and his do nothing officers, and giving these guys medals!

MIMI1949
MIMI1949

It is part of the Saul Alinsky plan to take over the world, but first, they MUST DISARM THE US.

MIMI1949
MIMI1949

God help us, they have nearly completed their goal. We are only protected by the 2nd Amendment, and the libs are relentless in trying to turn all of America into a Socialist shithole...like they have done in California.

catcastle
catcastle

Those officers going in may BE THE reason he ditched his weapon and acted like a student and fleeing the scene. Who knows? I disagree with them not letting the higher ups know what they did, but then again, it was the heat of the moment and they did what they were trained to do.

Popeye
Popeye

I am a former member of a large city police department. From all I read ans see about this incident, it's some kind of a clown show. The supervisors didn't have any idea of what to do, so they just looked at their text books for guidance. That was not a drill, people. Every second was critical. Where do they get their supervisors--from a buddy system?

DrJeffreyP
DrJeffreyP

This is a croc! Trust me on this, they weren't disciplined for not calling it in, that's for public consumption. They were disciplined for going in.

Steelerway
Steelerway

Obviously the supervisor was caught in the headlights like a deer worrying about lawsuits instead of saving lives. Time response matters in a situation like this and this Supervisor clearly wanted to set up a nice cushy command center and drink coffee while he thought about a plan.

ODON
ODON

Honestly I grew up literally walking to my highschool a block away. I was in the Marine corps after but if I heard shots fired I would be running in and clearing rooms.. arrest me afterwards if you want but lives are precious and these kids didn't need to lose theirs.. good on these guys for going in if they did. I'd be sitting home laughing at that suspension

tday1973
tday1973

that is bs...they were the only ones going toward the shooter..everyone else was outside..meanwhile back at the ranch..the shooter gets tired of shooting folks and walks out with everyone else and goes home...yeah great response guys..FUBAR

Retired happy cop
Retired happy cop

Getting a bit TIRED of all of this BS coming out of this silly a**ed police department and sheriff's department. Somebody ought to "jerk some strings" and get their accreditation canceled.

Trixiernc
Trixiernc

Dude....the shooter was long gone by the time SWAT got there....he was gone by the time the SRO was standing outside his post, not going in....so your “point” is not really a valid one. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with the decision to suspend, because I am not privy to all those details, just commenting on your point you are trying to make.....

KDeLong
KDeLong

I hope I never have this situation in my jurisdiction to where any of these decisions have to be made. With that, I'll take my days off if it means I may be the end to a horrific situation. We can fight about the days off later. It doesn't really say what the days off were for though - was it violating policy, disobeying a direct order, etc. I doubt it was "because they went into an active shooter situation to stop the threat".

Buzz17
Buzz17

There's something very fishy about this entire incident. Why would SWAT officers be disciplined for entering a building with an active shooter? Was there REALLY a "shooting" going on or was this entire thing a staged incident? The only reason I'm asking is that lots of things are not adding up anymore. Too many lies & lots of double-answers. Will we ever know the truth?

Duder1897
Duder1897

This article is bullshit. They weren't suspended for entering the building. They were suspended for not making their actions known. They could have made the situation much worse than it was.

Katarina
Katarina

It seems the Broward county Sheriff is the probem. It was his command staff that ordered the perimiter rather than going in, and refused the help of Mirimar, Yet he suspended the SRO for NOT going in. Sounds like his own little battle for power. I don't trust a single word he says (especially that he has shown "exceptional leadership"). He's a mere politician and should be removed from office ASAP. I'd love to see a press conference with the deputies and first responders who were actually there. Israel is only feeding us what he feels will make himself look good, not facts.

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Donna65
Donna65

I think the Sheriff needs to be removed out of his position,These men that went to that school to try and save as many children as possible are hero and should be treated that way,they should be recognized as well,i know the families that had children at that school appreciate what they did,Maybe the Sheriff needs some bigger balls then what he has he must be scared of his own shadow, These men was doing a job that they are trained for and putting their lives on the line while the others are standing behind barricades hiding because they was scared,come on you are suppose to protect i don't call hiding protecting, ya'll have no idea what to do in this situation, A petition needs to be started to get these men back to their jobs on the swat team there is no reason they should have been suspended, Broward has a serious problem and it starts with the Sheriff

CCrease
CCrease

This is a perfect example of how media twists the narrative, and controls people, and millions fall for it everyday, Our press may be free but it sure isnt honest,

Marine1958
Marine1958

Hero's always get shit on by the incompetent and lazy upper management. The officers were doing what comes naturally to all military and law enforcement. Helping the weak. The leadership in this department needs to either be fired or retrained. Thank those of this department who uphold the high standards of the department they work for. Jim Hanson. Retired Marine.

Valw56
Valw56

Hi Buzz, my thoughts on this is there is something fishy going on with all these mass shootings. I am not saying our Government is hiring these people to commit these shootings, but what we have learned is the facts that each of these shooters have prior head problems, have been turned over to the FBI and the FBI seems to ignore such cases. This is my question! Why is the FBI ignoring these cases? My thoughts are if they wait till these horrible shootings happen, then there will be another cry for gun control! They are all part of a terrible scheme to rid every household of their weapons of which in time will lead to a communistic runned one world government!

ScottC52
ScottC52

Two brave men rushed in to save lives without regard to their own personal safety. This is what hero's are made of. These men deserve awards not suspensions.

bobd
bobd

We have video of 3-4 swat dressed characters hauling a heavy duffel bag out of the school (crime scene) and loading it into the back of an unmarked white pickup truck. We also have a teacher telling GMA about a shooter dressed in full body armor, helmet, face mask shooting a strange gun down the hallway. BTW, the truck driver threw 2 bags out of the truck onto the ground and they were retrieved by these "cops". This article is an effort to get the public thinking there were 1st responders dressed like swat in order to explain away the video capturing them coming out of the crime scene hauling equipment away. Where is the equipment Cruz was supposedly wearing? How'd he get it to the school? Where is the strange gun the teacher witnessed? How about ballistics tests? Why is everyone in a hurry to tear down this building? This is NOT the way to investigate a crime scene and Broward PD is up to their ass in the coverup.

Helixseven
Helixseven

Buzz can't you see what's going on ,this is a deep state event and a cover up the f'um democrats are all involved there using the FBI STILL ! THIS IS PART of them going after assault weapons including our simi automatic hand guns too..share this

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Command and control. These officers entering without notification and authorization had the great potential for disaster. What if the active shooter was dressed in camo's and entry vest? Other responding officers may have seen the two suspended officers as the shooter and turned this into a bigger cluster. Unless they were all on a mutual aid tac frequency and they let everyone know they were making entry, bad call on the part of the suspended officers. Everybody wants to save lives, but lets not take them in unorganized haste in disregard to officer and citizen safety...

Rockhound6165
Rockhound6165

The news media hasn't been honest in quite some time. It goes back to the Vietnam War. Today, a majority of the news media are nothing but the propaganda arm of the DNC. This is why the left hammers Fox News so much because they refuse to buy into the narrative and actually give both sides. In fact, there are more liberals on Fox News in a single day than conservatives on any of the other networks combined.

PolarisBear
PolarisBear

So PLEASE tell us the REAL Story! Im interested to hear WHY a SWAT TEAM is being suspended for entering where there is a LIVE SHOOTING-WAS there a shooting at all...We know Israel and et al were told to "StandDown" ...Swat never has a problem entering the wrong house on occassion with a telephone pole with guns drawn at someones home...but can't enter a school with a shooter? Please TELL US ALL WHY?

Laser6p
Laser6p

One must understand the amount of chaos at the scene. In these situations where you have more than one department responding there needs to be once voice in command and that commander needs to be aware of any assets at the scene, where they are and what type response they might be taking or preparing to take. These two officers, though their bravery was exemplary, could have easily screwed up other actions that were being taken by other units. I think that the suspension was too harsh and should have been used instead as a teaching tool, but they were wrong to not advise of their presence and activities. If you know anything about SWAT team work you would know how dangerous this was to everyone involved including the two officers. I will say that there was an issue of command and control here where there was insufficient leadership shown at the scene.

CCrease
CCrease

They were not disciplined for entering the building, they were disciplined because noone knew they entered the building, if u read the first paragraph they were training nearby, and answered the call, but the local pd authorities didnt know they had entered, that was there mistake NOT that they entered the building, its a BS headline

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.