Marjory Stoneman Douglas H S Commission And The LE Response

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri chairman of the MSD Commission investigating the horrific shooting at that school last year launched into the LE response.

This is the one we’ve been waiting for.  On the second day of the hearings the LE response was laid bare.  The net result, a terrific failure by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to address this critical incident.

As the data was presented the audience held their hands over their faces, chewed their nails or sat perfectly still.

Special attention was paid to the School Resource Deputy, scot peterson and capt. jan jordan, the incident commander.

Peterson failed to react to the shooter by taking up a defensive position outside of the building.  Capt. jordan was described as “ineffective” and “in a dreamlike state.”

Any cop, from a prob to a seasoned veteran knows that active shooters require immediate action to meet and “neutralize” the threat.  This did not happen.

In the military the commander is responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen.  In this instance the blame must lay at the feet of the Broward County Sheriff, scott israel. 

The parent of one of the victims addressed the Commission by saying, “Here’s my concern.  I’ve lost my belief in heroes, because they didn’t show up on the day I needed them most.”

We’ll take another look at this later.




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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