Two Florida SWAT Officers Suspended for Responding to School Shooting Without Permission

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Florida Governor Rick Scott walk up to the media to speak about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Florida Governor Rick Scott walk up to the media to speak about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School / Getty Images

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Two Special Weapons and Tactics officers have been suspended for responding without permission to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

Jeffrey Gilbert and Carl Schlosser, detectives with the the police department in the Broward County city of Miramar, have been ordered to turn in their SWAT-issued rifles, but they will be allowed to conduct certain other police assignments, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The two officers were reportedly near the Parkland, Florida school at the time of the Feb. 14 shooting when they responded.

The reason given for the suspensions was that by not following protocol and going to the scene without permission, the officers created an officer safety issue and could not be properly held to account for what may have transpired after they arrived on scene.

The resident of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association did, however, acknowledge the officers' "intentions were brave and heroic."

"While it may have been a violation of policy to not notify their supervisors that they were going there, their intentions were brave and heroic, I think," Jeff Marano said.

Also in the wake of the shooting, another SWAT member has been suspended for violating the department's code of conduct and social media policies. He has been accused of being linked to several social media posts that represented the department negatively.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been heavily criticized for praising his department after it emerged that officers were on the scene but did not enter the school immediately to confront the gunman.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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