Brave SWAT Cops Suspended For Refusing to Stand Down and Trying to Stop Parkland Shooter

parklland

Parkland, FL — In the aftermath of the recent Parkland school shooting, the cowardice of many of the police who responded to the shooting has created an ongoing conversation in the media about the role of individual officers in life-threatening situations.

As we reported last month, 4 officers from the Broward County Sheriff’s office took cover and waited for backup during the shooting instead of going inside to stop the killer. The officer’s actions sparked outrage and left many people horrified at the fact that so many cops would stand on the sidelines as children were being murdered.

It turns out that there were actually a few officers who had the courage to go in after the killer—but now they are being punished for it. According to the Sun-Sentinel, two Miramar SWAT team members are being suspended for going into the school to stop the shooting because they did not have permission to do so.

The SWAT members were suspended on the grounds that their attempt to help created an “officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions.”

Miramar SWAT team commander Captain Kevin Nosowicz wrote a memo to the officers on Feb. 22 which stated, “On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, you responded to an incident within the city limits of Parkland. This response was conducted without the knowledge or authorization from your chain of command. Self Response to incidents outside of our jurisdiction creates a lack of accountability for your actions. This type of response also creates an officer safety situation due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity. Effective Immediately you have been temporarily suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice. Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT issued rifle.”

The memo went on to say that their actions were discovered through social media, and it somehow made the city look bad.

“It was discovered that there were several social media posts that were posted on the City of Miramar websites. These posts were found to have a direct connection to you and the incident that occurred within the city of Parkland. These posts were found to have a negative connotation to our city and the Miramar police department. The indirect dissemination of information regarding crimes or incidents is a violation of the department’s social media policy,” the memo stated.

A Miramar PD spokesperson said that they were not suspended for responding, but for not going through the proper protocol.

“Miramar PD had numerous officers and a victim advocate respond, without incident. The two SWAT officers temporarily suspended from the SWAT team, but not 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,” the spokesperson said.

Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano commended the officers despite their suspension.

“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,” Marano said.

As TFTP reported, all first responders were told to stand down and not enter the school. Some of them have spoken out, noting that they “could’ve saved lives” if they were allowed to go inside the school. Instead, children were left bleeding out instead of receiving the care they so desperately needed that could’ve saved them.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

The Free Thought Project

Disturbing Video Shows Cop Beating Handcuffed Man for No Reason—Cop Suspended

handcuffed

Titusville, FL – An unnamed police officer is on paid vacation after he was caught on video punching a nonviolent man in the face during an arrest. In a cellphone video recently posted online, the officer can be seen punching 20-year-old Amari Nicholas Hair while he was already handcuffed.

“Upon seeing the video, members of command staff at the police department immediately removed the Detective from his duties and placed him on leave so that a due process investigation can be completed on the use of force during the arrest. We want to assure our community that we are committed to a thorough investigation in this incident and will be completely transparent on our findings,”a spokesperson from the Titusville Police Department said.

The officer punched him at least twice in the head while he was handcuffed, leaving him with a bloodied nose after allegedly finding drugs on him during a traffic stop.

According to the police report, an officer got out of his patrol car earlier and spotted Hair climbing over the center console into the passenger seat of a Toyota.

Advertisment

The confrontation began when officers approached Hair, who was standing outside of the vehicle, during a traffic stop. The officer ‘quickly grabbed a hold of Amari and placed him under arrest,’ according to a police report.

According to police, at that point, the officer attempted to search Hair but Hair pulled away. However, it only looked like Hair was squirming due to the invasive nature of the cop groping him in search of some arbitrary substance deemed illegal by the state.

Police said the detective then ‘escorted’ Hair to the pavement, placing his weight on Hair. After a few moments, Hair could be heard screaming, “Oh my God…my (expletive) face is bleeding…Do not touch me!”

In the video, Hair can be heard saying “You punched me in my face.” To which the officer replies, “Yes, I did.”

Police then attempted to justify their excessive force by claiming Hair—who was handcuffed and compliant—was reaching for his waistband. Exactly why Hair was allegedly “reaching for his waistband” remains a mystery as no weapons were found.

According to Space Coast Daily, Hair was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Hydromorphone, Resisting an Officer and Driving With a Suspended License. He was booked into Brevard County Jail Wednesday night and was released at 10:10 a.m. Thursday morning.

However, Hair’s family believes that he is being targetted and harassed by the officers who pulled him over. Hair’s father, Alonzo Hair, says that his son has had multiple run-ins with the arresting officer in the past year alone.

“They’ve got it in for my son. He could be walking down the street, and they’ll stop him. They are a threat to the community. At least we were able to get it on video this time, Alonzo Hair said.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, police officers across the country have been caught beating handcuffed suspects. Also, they have been captured on their own body cameras planting drugs on entirely innocent people.

Whether or not Hair had actual narcotics on him will be left for the courts to decide. However, this incident provides a perfect example of how the war on drugs is an utter and violent failure.

If Hair does have a heroin problem, handcuffing, beating, kidnapping and caging him will do nothing to solve it. It will also cost the taxpayers of Brevard County. Not only will the citizens have to pay to keep Hair in a cage but they will also be forced to pay for the brutality of these officers in the form of a lawsuit settlement that will inevitably follow this arrest.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)


The Free Thought Project