Broward Deputies Told Not To Enter School Building To Engage Shooter

Broward County deputies reportedly had orders to stay outside the school unless they had bodycams.

Parkland, FL – Broward County deputies who arrived at the scene of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Feb. 14 were told they could not enter the school, unless their body cameras were activated, FOX News reported on Monday night.

But the deputies did not have bodycams, so they did not have clearance to enter the building, or to engage the 19-year-old gunman, who fatally shot 17 students and faculty, and wounded 14 more, according to FOX News.

Sources also told FOX News that some of the police radio communications were not recorded, or the recordings have been lost, from the time of the shooting incident.

Prior to the release of this new information, 74 Florida lawmakers had already called for Sheriff Broward to resign from office, or be removed.

“Look, the more we learn about this situation, the more obvious it is that Sheriff Israel needs to resign or be removed immediately. That’s why I signed that letter, and that’s why the Florida House is moving this week to subpoena all records of Sheriff Israel,” Florida State Representative Randy Fine told FOX News.

“And we’re going to be subpoenaing and making him come up to Tallahassee to explain himself. What happened is a disgrace,” Fine said.

FOX News also reported that Broward County deputies were trained to try and resolve the conflict with an active shooter, rather than rush in and confront the person shooting.

Terry Lane, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), told FOX News he didn’t know why the deputies would have been trained that way.

“That’s against any protocol that I’ve been aware of since Columbine,” Lane said.

Retired Metro Transit Police SWAT Commander William Malone told Blue Lives Matter that law enforcement nationwide has updated strategies for dealing with an active shooter a couple of times since Columbine, when procedure called for officers to wait outside the school for the SWAT team, while students were being slaughtered inside the school.

“First, they told us to assemble a team of four, and enter that way. But that wasn’t quick enough,” Malone said.

“So they changed tactics again – the first officer on the scene should grab a long gun, spare magazines or ammunition, enter the building, and go to the sound of gunshots,” he said.

“The sooner the confrontation takes place, the sooner the killing stops,” Malone said.

An immediate entry to the scene became an accepted police practice nationwide about a year after the killing rampage at Columbine proved prior strategies completely ineffective, the former SWAT commander said.

“You don’t have time to wait for a SWAT team. There are people who need to be rescued. Even if the shooting has stopped, there’s no guarantee it won’t start up again. The first officers on the scene need to take action immediately,” Malone said.

The new information will likely bolster calls for the suspension and removal Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who placed blame squarely on the shoulders of his deputy – the school resource officer – for failing to enter the school.

“Deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes,” Sheriff Israel told CNN. “But it’s not the responsibility of the general or the president if you have a deserter. We’ll look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively, and we’ll take care of it, and justice will be served.”

The sheriff then touted his leadership skills.

“I can only take responsibility for what I knew about,” he said. “I provided amazing leadership to this agency.”

Deputy Scot Peterson, 54, resigned from his position on Thursday. He had been with the Broward County Sheriff’s office for 23 years.

“Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue,” Peterson’s attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement on Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

"Let there be no mistake, Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the seventeen victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims in their time of need," DiRuzzo said.

He explained that Peterson initially believed that the gunfire was coming from outside of the school, so he “took up a tactical position” between two buildings, NBC News reported.

"Sheriff Israel's statement is, at best, a gross oversimplification of the events that transpired,” the DiRuzzo said.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi also addressed concerns about emergency personnel’s response to the Florida school shooting on Monday morning interview with FOX News.

“I know a lot more than you all do now, so all I’m going to say is, yes, I believe there needs to be a full investigation,” Bondi said.

She said that some members of BCSO “weren’t honest with me, nor were they honest with the governor.”

The attorney general was asked why anyone would have lied to those investigating the incident.

“If they were there and didn’t want people to know they were there, then that would be it,” Bondi said.​

Comments (19)
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Poileas
Poileas

There's those times you don't follow stupid ass orders, worry about being the goat later.

RangerK9
RangerK9

Safe to say, that's an order that shouldn't have been followed. Makes me sick. Sheriff Israel should no longer be Sheriff.

cclaxton
cclaxton

"... the first officer on the scene should grab a long gun, spare magazines or ammunition, enter the building, and go to the sound of gunshots,” THIS is why armed Civilians also need AR/AK style rifles at the ready to stop an active shooter when cops are not yet there...or in this case unwilling to act. An AR/AK style rifle allows an active shooter to be taken down from a safer distance and more accurately, thus reducing the risk to non-threats. I would never attempt to take out a threat holding a hostage with a pistol or shotgun unless it was all I had. A rifle is a much better weapon and that is why police use them for these situations, and that is why armed civilians also need them. The AWB is making us more vulnerable not more safe.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

He is a disgrace to ALL Law Enforcement Ofcrs & Agencies!!! His leadership skills SUCK!!!!!! Dumbass!

Radicon71
Radicon71

Agenda is the reason!

JBo
JBo

It works this way sheriff...the buck stops with you. You either knew about the deficiencies/shortcomings in your department, or, you SHOULD have known. Period.

Seedling345
Seedling345

That guys a joke, and the deps that stood by are nothing short of cowards.

b1rd
b1rd

When there is a major problem at sea the captain is responsible and is usually removed.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

The SHIX just keeps getting deeper with this "sheriff". Looks like there will be allot more

Heezels
Heezels

Not really a fair classification. It’s not preferable what they did, but heavily conflicting circumstances do fuck with people’s focus. Should the deaputies have entered, a thousand times yes. But I also think most people in that position are reliant on orders and training. If they’re training is counterproductive to their situation it makes it hard to react properly. The department policy really failed here and it’s really just delving further into tragedy.

This sheriff to me is the real coward. He will not take responsibility for his actions.

Concerned Floridian
Concerned Floridian

I am not a fan of the media and believe in most cases that are emotionally charged they do not report them without bias or a hidden agenda. however, anyone who is a leader or served under a true leader knows that this sheriff is not a leader. A leader doesn't place blame and then brag about how great a leader he/she has been. The only traits this man has shown is those of a mid level bureaucrat/manager in over his head trying to pass himself off as something more than he is. Instead of bragging about how great he has lead he should be focusing on finding the problems and things he and his agency didn't do correctly and doing all he can to fix them. That includes accountability by him on himself and his personnel.

Heezels
Heezels

The fact that he’s creating a distinction between himself and his deaputies points to a lack of leadership. How in hell can you sit there and say you had amazing leadership in the face of glaring systemic errors. Essentially he’s sitting on his ass and blaming deaputies for failing to pick up the slack on his obviously deranged departmental policies.

I mean what god damn nutter policy is it to force officers to not engage in a rescue response until they have their body cams on, and to at the same time fail to provide the damn body cams to the officers.

Jesus Christ, sitting there and calling yourself a leader with that is a god damn joke to every man and woman in his department. If I were one of his officers, I’d quit and try to get a job with Coral Springs.

cspcapt
cspcapt

That's how i was taught, go in ASAP don't wait, most shooters will take their own life. They are cowards. This is a disgrace.

cspcapt
cspcapt

I can't speak for other officers, but myself I counld't wait knowing I may be able to stop the shooter. You have to at least try!!!

BDDD
BDDD

Scott Israel is full of shit! If the alleged order was to not go in, then why did Israel publicly denounce Peterson, and say Peterson should have gone in?? Note also how the article says recordings of the radio communication are erased or missing! What a colossal cowardly pile of crap. I give it 48 hours and Israel is GONE.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

I've been involved in enough IA's and officer involved's to know that radio traffic "not recorded or missing" is total BS. My money is on some order over the air that Israel and his cronies don't want to come to light. Israel has kept alive the lying, cheating legacy of the Miami River Cops of the 80's....

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

He's a good reason you can't put a liberal in charge of anything.

dannylasvegas
dannylasvegas

I doubt this story would even be here if the Sheriff was a Trumpig.

dannylasvegas
dannylasvegas

I’ve been involved in enough taxation and finance to know that “I’m under audit”, as an excuse for not sharing one’s tax returns, is also “total BS”. Especially when the alleged audit has lasted well over two years.