It is being reported that two SWAT team members from a Florida Police Department have been suspended from duty over a decision to respond to the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
According to the report both SWAT Detectives, Jeffrey Gilbert and Carl Schlosser were in the area of the shooting when it occurred. A third member of the SWAT team Officer Kevin Gonzalez was suspended for a violation the department’s social media code painting the city in a negative light.
The Policy union is defending the officers, saying the detectives followed their instincts.
“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,” Police Benevolent Association President Jeff Marano said, according to the newspaper.
The Miramar Police Department is claiming that the two detectives decision created an officer safety issue and left them “unaccountable for their actions.”
All three officers have been removed from the SWAT team indefinitely.
The decision from Miramar Police Department comes even though they admitted one of the detectives did inform his supervisor where he was.
“They were both close by [the high school],” Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues said.
I get it, the policy is policy and knowing where two of your detectives is important. But, it’s really funny we one department that told everyone to not go into the building and form a perimeter, and then you have these two officers that wanted to help.