Four armed officers hid behind cars instead of confronting school shooter

New York PostNot one but four sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of storming Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla., during Wednesday’s school shooting, police claimed Friday — as newly released records revealed the Broward County Sheriff’s Office had received at least 18 calls about the troubled teen over the past decade.

Sources from Coral Springs, Fla., Police Department tell CNN that when its officers arrived on the scene Wednesday, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn.

The school’s armed resource officer, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, was also outside. He resigned on Thursday after his failure to act was publicly revealed.

I could understand, sort of, one officer for a few minutes. You figure he's got to call his dispatcher and make sure help is on the way first thing. That takes a few minutes if you're generous. And then a minute or two to work your courage up is also fine. Not ideal, but realistically. But four officers, all armed, hiding behind their cars while kids died and letting deputies from another county enter the building first? Seriously?

They all need to find another line of work pronto. Clearly, "protecting" isn't in their DNA. That said, I don't consider this necessarily a personal failure on their part. That kind of life or death situation isn't common and is hard to train for. Not everyone can react well. But once you know that you aren't going to, it's time to look for other work so you don't cost another 17 high school students their lives.

A common turn of phrase for this situation would be "There's no shame in it." But that's not quite right here. There's no shame in knowing your limitations, and there's no shame in knowing you're not cut out to be a hero or a warrior. But if you take the job as a cop -- if you take the first responder bonus pay, the hero worship, the union protection, and every other privilege that comes with the job -- then there absolutely is shame in it. You made a deal with society to put your life on the line should it be necessary, and you failed to keep your end.

Shame on you.

This entry was published Sun Feb 25 09:20:00 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-02-25 09:20:00.0. [Tweet]

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