There are few things on this planet more despicable than school shootings.
We send our children off every day to a place where both we and they believe safety is guaranteed. When that illusion is shattered, our nation weeps as one.
In the case of one such massacre in Parkland, Florida, however, the most despicable part of the act wasn’t the shooting itself, but the tepid and cowardly response by both the school’s lone security officer and the Broward County Sheriff’s Department as they hid outside the school until the shots stopped ringing.
Now, months later, these derelict and deplorable disgraces are getting their comeuppance.
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The largest sheriff’s office in Florida sustained another blow after it was revealed Monday that a state panel last week voted to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the controversial department in the wake of mishandling two major mass shootings in its jurisdiction.
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted 13-0 on Wednesday to strip the Broward County Sheriff’s Office of the accreditation, citing the missteps from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018 that killed 17 people and the 2017 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by the Miami Herald.
Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said the law enforcement agencies are supposed to prove that proper standards and regulations are in place, in addition to personnel that are following those rules.
The actions of several officers were inexcusable.
Last week, Sheriff Gregory Tony said that deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation for their inaction following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting.
A state investigative commission found that Stambaugh was working an off-duty shift at a nearby school when he responded to reports of shots fired at the school. He got out of his truck, put on his bulletproof vest and took cover for about five minutes after hearing the shots, according to body camera footage. He then drove to a nearby highway instead of going toward the school.
Eason’s termination came after it was discovered that he failed to report a credible and accurate tip regarding the Parkland school shooter – a tip that could have very well saved the lives of 17 people.
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