‘Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed.’
That is the key reminder contained and repeated over and over again written in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office training and operation manual. It is one of the things that legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch is publicizing alongside the lessons learned – and supposedly implemented – after the school shooting in Columbine, Colorado many years ago. At that shooting, the police waited for SWAT to arrive. Since that time, the protocol is when four officers are present, they are to go into a “quad” formation and enter the school.
In Parkland, Florida, the police failed to do that even though shots could be heard outside the school.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s Standard Operating Procedure and lesson plans for an active shooter incident were obtained by Judicial Watch via a Florida Sunshine Act records request.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that armed school resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson was first on the scene of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but he did not enter the school to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Three other deputies also arrived on the scene but did not enter, the sheriff’s office said. The Broward County materials direct that if four officers are on the scene of an active shooter incident they are to form a “Quad” formation and enter the building.
In other words, the cops FAILED to do their jobs.
According to lessons learned over the years, the best thing that can happen in a live shooter situation is to directly confront the individual. In 2015 when a shooter entered the Chatanooga, Tennesse Reserve Base, a half a dozen Marines—who were unarmed—began advancing toward the shooter waiting for an opportunity to stop him… These Broward Cowards could learn a few things from them.
The lesson plan instructs officers to immediately confront a shooter:
History shows when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual (police, security, concealed carry person) they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves. Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop. Now, the first officer or two officers on scene will immediately go to confront the shooter. Military tactics work well in this situation. The two man “bounding overwatch” is our response.
Which, of course, disproves all of the sentiments of anti-gun activists who want the nation to believe schools are safer as gun free zones.
What this also does, though, is add a layer of intrigue to an already bizarre shooting incident. Why didn’t the police follow protocol?
BREAKING: JW released Broward County Sheriff’s Office training & operation docs specifically dictating the first officer(s) on scene at an active shooter incident “will immediately go to confront the shooter” – which they failed to do in Parkland. (1/10)https://t.co/68WjbIqNp3
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) March 15, 2018
The answer is still out there.