Deputy Fired For Hiding During Parkland Massacre Gets Reinstated With Back Pay

Sandy Malone

Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Miller has been reinstated to his prior seniority at the department, with back pay.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – A Broward sheriff’s deputy who was fired for hiding behind his car instead of rushing into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the Feb. 14, 2018 massacre has just been reinstated to his original rank and awarded back pay.

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Miller, 57, was fired by Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony in June of 2019 for “neglect of duty” after an investigation determined that he hid behind his police vehicle as a gunman murdered 17 students and staff, and wounded an additional 17 people, the Miami Herald reported.

Investigators determined Deputy Miller stayed behind his car in the school parking lot as the students were murdered inside the 1200 Building only one-hundred yards away instead of rushing in to stop the gunman, in violation of department policy.

But the former deputy challenged his termination.

Attorneys for Deputy Miller told reporters on Thursday morning at a deputies’ union press conference that they had filed a motion for summary judgement because Sheriff Tony hadn’t followed procedure and had denied the deputy due process.

The matter went to arbitration and Deputy Miller got his job back on Wednesday.

“The ruling found BSO violated Sgt. Brian Miller’s Constitutional due process rights and improperly terminated him,” the deputies’ union said in a press release on May 13.

The lawyers said they were prepared to do battle based on the merits of the case, but that didn’t turn out to be necessary after the arbiter ruled in favor of the motion for summary judgement and said Deputy Miller had been improperly terminated.

He ordered the sheriff’s department to restore Deputy Miller to his prior seniority and give him back pay, the Miami Herald reported.

Deputy Miller’s attorneys said the investigation into what happened at Parkland the day of the massacre wasn’t even completed until after the statutory 180 days the sheriff’s department had to take action against the deputy had passed.

The deputies’ union is obligated to defend their members, and has fought on behalf of Deputy Miller and three other deputies who were fired for “neglect of duty.”

Union President Jeff Bell, who was recently suspended from the sheriff’s department after he criticized Sheriff Tony, had earlier criticized former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel for going after the first deputies on the scene rather than the captain who was the incident commander, the Miami Herald reported.

Sheriff Israel initially did nothing to discipline Broward Sheriff’s Captain Jan Jordan, whom he had brought over from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department when he was elected.

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.

But it wasn’t until after city of Parkland requested the Captain Jordan be removed as district commander that Sheriff Israel transferred the incident commander who had prohibited law enforcement and paramedics from entering the school building to try and save lives.

Capt. Jordan resigned from the Broward Sheriff’s Office in November of 2018, WTSP reported.

Comments (28)
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DR226
DR226

Capt. Jordan should've been charged as an accessory to murder!

PPO7150
PPO7150

All these Deputies were a bunch of Cowards, & Complicit to the Murder of 17 innocent lives. How they can live with themselves every day is beyond comprehension, and is a tarnish to LEO's everywhere who wear the Badge with Courage & protect their community & assignments every single day! Shame on the Arbiter and the Liberals in Broward County who still defend these Cowards!

Hannibal
Hannibal

I don't know why these officers didn't go in. I know the Sheriffs in my area said they would have gone in without a doubt. I heard him say it was policy to "wait for backup because we had no idea how many were inside". But who could stand by and listen to 17 students get shot down in cold blood while they were armed and an officer of the law.

KenDPD3853
KenDPD3853

If this deputy had been trained in the new active shooter training and failed to follow it, then termination is appropriate. If he had only had the old training, ie: wait for cover, then termination was wrong. The new active shooter training specifically states you enter, do not stop to help the wounded or running, find the shooter and terminate the threat. Expect to be shot yourself and possibly die. But that is the job and if he had received the training and failed to follow it, then a coward he is.
Nothing says the sheriff has to put him back in anything other than door guard at the sanitation shop.

Blueblood16
Blueblood16

God help the poor cop who gets stuck riding with him. Wouldnt trust him to get me a glass of water. He has to know this.

trublue76
trublue76

I think the parents will have something to say about that!

Viking24
Viking24

I have been involved in active shooter situations a couple of times. What’s amazing is listening to multiple officers over the years say, “ When I joined the department I didn’t sign anything saying I had to run into gunfire, or “the city doesn’t pay me enough to get killed for a stranger”.
I can assure you I have seen numerous COWARDS in law enforcement over the last 32 years but I have never seen one of them face any disciplinary action.

cspcapt
cspcapt

I would never trust him. LEOS have no place for cowards.

Farticus
Farticus

There is a Meijer in OH looking for cowards to run from crime that has a new cart collector position available...

Raymelson
Raymelson

So now you get rewarded for being a coward

DarrellB
DarrellB

This is a UNION at work. Now SHAME on the Sheriff for taking the LAZY way out and giving these vile protectors of stupidity, ignorance, and incompetence...aka: the UNION... the ammunition they needed to prevail. They have NEVER seen a dime of my money to divert to Democrat causes, nor will they EVER be funded by me to protect the people I consistently watch them go to bat for like proven LIARS, THIEVES, and people that have no values! ! !

Clay W
Clay W

Oh well.....BCSO is full of cowards. What's one more gonna hurt. Well, except the community that is.🤷‍♂️

Mikeyg21
Mikeyg21

This is the world we live in now. Where cowards are rewarded for their activity. This man will continue to be the most hated person if FL. His overall job security may be at risk though, and not by the dept. Some won't take this news well. It's sad that as an attorney, they would even take a case like this. Shows just how apathetic people are-unless THEIR family is the one victimized.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

I know of a deputy that was fired from leaving the scene of a arm robbery. He was at the gas station, just finished filling up his patrol car and seen what was going on but because it was close to the end of his shift he drove off instead of stopping the robbery. I've known the man for many years and never thought he would be like that, but it just shows you what your made of when you're put in that situation. Before you judge someone on how they handle a situation put yourself in their shoes and then see if you still want to run your mouth.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

This is sad. The i's must be dotted and the T's crossed. How many of us have had to work with cowards, slugs or corrupt people because some administrator filed to properly do their job. Once I became an administrator everyone I fired stayed fired, when I was a sergeant every person I investigated that should have been fired was fired. Take the time to do the job right in every aspect.


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