Two SWAT officers suspended for heading to Parkland massacre

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Patrick Harrower

I really wish I was making this up… Two Miramar SWAT team officers, Detective Jeffrey Gilbert and Detective Carl Schlosser, have been suspended in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Their crime? Trying to HELP!

While local law enforcement was cowering outside of the school, not going in… these two SWAT officers, who apparently did not have permission to respond to the Feb. 14th shooting, are in trouble.

Their union, however, is not taking the same tone as their superiors.

“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,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said Wednesday.

A 3rd officer, Officer Kevin Gonzalez, is also getting crap for posting to social media and putting the city and local law enforcement in a “negative light”.

I’m genuinely pissed off about this. I can understand a protocol, sure, but the WHOLE F’ING SITUATION is a CLUSTER F and could have been minimized had it not been for the actions alleged against the Broward County Sheriffs Dept.

Both remain on active duty with the department, but working in different capacities, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Effective immediately you have been suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice,” Miramar SWAT team commander Captain Kevin Nosowicz wrote in a Feb. 22 memo. “Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT-issued rifle.”

The memo said Det. Gilbert and Det. Schlosser acted “without the knowledge or authorization from your chain of command” and created an “officer safety situation due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity” by heading to the massacre-in-progress independently.

A Miramar PD spokesperson told Blue Lives Matter, “Miramar PD had numerous officers and a victim advocate respond, without incident. The two SWAT officers temporarily suspended from the SWAT team, but not on active duty, were not suspended for responding, but for NOT advising that they responded. They did not advise prior to self-dispatching, during the incident, nor immediately following. This is an officer safety issue, a violation of policy and goes against incident command training and the best practices learned from other mass casualty/shooting incidents.”

As reported by Linda Trischitta for Sun Sentinel:

All three were notified Fed. 22 of their indefinite removal from what their department called a “privileged program” and were ordered to surrender their SWAT-issued rifles, but they remain on active duty for their other assignments, Rues said.

The afternoon of the shooting, Miramar police placed the SWAT team on stand-by in case a request came from the Broward Sheriff’s Office to assist. That call for the team never came, Rues said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it could not confirm whether anyone spoke with Miramar that day, but said Miramar’s SWAT team was “not needed” during the incident.

Miramar Police sent a victim’s advocate to help console victims’ families and officers to help direct traffic, Rues said.

The instinct to run toward danger is a common one in police officers, seen often during terrorist attacks and mass shootings.