After people found out that he hid behind his car when a shooter first opened fire at a high school in Parkland, a Florida sheriff’s sergeant was terminated. However, he will reportedly be reinstated and awarded full back pay, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Association.
Sgt. Brian Miller and three other deputies lost their jobs for “neglect of duty.” This happened after the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018. The shooting killed 17 students and faculty members and injured another 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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The other three deputies were Edward Eason, Joshua Stambaugh, and Scot Peterson.
Miller received $138,410.25 in pay in 2017. According to the union, an arbitration ruling found “BSO violated Sgt. Brian Miller’s constitutional due process rights and improperly terminated him.”
During the Incident
Although Miller arrived during the firing of the first shots, he failed to go into the school. He also did not radio anyone for 10 minutes.
“Miller failed to coordinate or direct deputies’ actions and did not direct or coordinate an immediate response into the school,” said a report. “Sergeant Miller’s actions were ineffective and he did not properly supervise the scene.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called Miller “an absolute, total failure.”
Sheriff Gregory Tony said: “We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day.” He also expressed his commitment “to addressing deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”