Law enforcement officers many not have a legal duty to protect citizens, but that doesn’t mean law enforcement agencies are required to continue to employ those who don’t.
Now that Governor Ron DeSantis has dumped the grandstanding, incompetent Scott Israel, the new Broward County Sheriff, Gregory Tony, is continuing to remove those who sat back and allowed 17 people to die during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.
Today, Sheriff Tony announced the firing of two Broward County Deputies for failure to respond in a timely manner during the shooting. One of the deputies also failed to file a report in 2016 that the shooter had made threats to shoot up the school on his social media accounts.
Here’s the Associated Press’s report . . .
By Curt Anderson
MIAMI (AP) — Two additional deputies have been fired as a result of an internal affairs investigation into the agency’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people, the Broward County sheriff said Wednesday.
At a brief news conference, Sheriff Gregory Tony said deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were fired Tuesday for their inaction following the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting.
“In essence, it was neglect of duty. We lost 17 people,” Tony said.
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 ran the other way as gunfire continued, then spent time putting on his bulletproof vest and body camera while the carnage continued, investigators said.
Eason was also faulted for not writing an official report after receiving a tip in February 2016 that the shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, was making threats on social media to shoot up a school. Tips to the FBI about Cruz also were not followed up, a separate investigation has found.
Two other deputies were fired earlier this month for neglect of duty. One of those was school resource officer Scot Peterson, who was also arrested on charges of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury. Peterson’s lawyer has said he will fight the charges.
The sheriff said no action was taken on three other deputies who were involved in the investigation.
Scott Israel, the sheriff at the time, was removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for similar reasons. He is appealing that decision before the state Senate.
Cruz, 20, faces the death penalty if convicted in the shootings. His lawyers have said he will plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence but prosecutors have rejected that offer.