Broward Captain Who Blocked First Responders From Saving Kids Gets Replaced
Parkland, FL – The city of Parkland has asked the Broward Sheriff’s Office to remove the incident commander who allegedly botched the handling of the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Capt. Jordan was harshly criticized in the wake of the school massacre for her inability or unwillingness to make decisions at a time when the school shooter was believed to still be active in the building.
The Broward County Commissioner for the city of Parkland, Michael Udine, was one of the captain’s harsh critics.
“When there are reports of incident commanders being unable to make real-time decisions, changes have to take place,” Udine told the Sun-Sentinel. “While no one is responsible for the crime besides the shooter, these continuous reports of failure in the system are extremely troubling and must be addressed.”
On May 31, Coral Spring Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Michael McNally released a report that detailed six instances when the incident commander on the scene – Capt. Jordan – wouldn’t grant permission for Rescue Task Force teams to enter the building.
RTF teams are trained to enter an “active shooter” situation before the suspect has been neutralized, by working in a team with law enforcement officers.
Seventeen students and faculty members died during the gunman’s shooting spree on Valentine’s Day, and another 17 were wounded and bleeding, as first responders waited for permission to enter the 1200 Building where police believed the shooter remained.
By the time Capt. Jordan permitted them to enter, everyone had already been brought out by police or was dead, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
"I’m not saying the [RTFs] would have made a difference and I’m not saying they wouldn’t have made a difference, but it would have been more medics and more hands helping out," Coral Springs Fire Chief Frank Babinec said.
Numerous law enforcement sources have told FOX News that Capt. Jordan’s commands to stage and set up a perimeter would have been detrimental to victims inside the building because it would have stalled officers’ from saving the victims and preventing additional loss of life.
Capt. Jordan, who has commanded the Parkland district since March of 2017, will be replaced before the beginning of the new school year, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
"It is my intent to upgrade the role of captain to major prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year to continue the advancement of the city's public safety initiatives," Payton said.
"In coordination with this comprehensive public safety evaluation process, I have proactively requested that Sheriff Scott Israel provide three recommendations to fulfill the upgraded role of major," he announced.
Capt. Jordan has been under attack ever since transcripts of the radio traffic recordings from the incident were released in early March.
The dispatch log showed the SWAT team hadn’t been sent into the freshman building until 26 minutes after the shooting began.
That action took place 15 minutes after the incident commander gave the order to stage and set up a perimeter, rather than sending first responders into the school to try to stop the rampage and save the dying.
The command to stage was itself contrary to the training the Broward County Sheriff’s deputies had received for an active shooter.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s standard operating procedures manual says that a “sole deputy or a team of deputies” may enter an active shooter situation to “preserve life" without a supervisor’s approval.