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At the top, some leaders like Broward Sheriff Scott Israel lost their jobs because of mistakes they made, but others remain in place. The need for widespread accountability remains.

Police response

Hundreds of law enforcement officers swarmed the high school, but the first deputies on the scene stayed outside after hearing gunshots. Radios jammed, preventing officers from effectively communicating. And the chaotic scene lacked a strong central command. “I couldn’t transmit on the radio,” the ranking officer, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jan Jordan, later told investigators. “I had tried several times.”


The outdated, failure-prone emergency radio system in Broward County still hasn’t been fixed, though Broward County commissioners have known of the troubles for years. The gravity of the problem became clear two years ago, when a gunman killed five people in a terminal at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The problems repeated on Feb. 14 in Parkland. Broward County officials now say they might not get the system modernized this year.


Before he was suspended from office, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel changed policy to direct that deputies “shall” immediately intervene to stop an active shooter and rescue victims. He had loosened the policy prior to the shooting to say that deputies “may” intervene — a decision that was widely second-guessed. Precious moments were lost. The policy was among the sheriff’s leadership flaws cited by Gov. DeSantis when he took office.


Family members of the victims said it seemed one of the most preventable tragedies in history, yet because so many people didn’t do their jobs properly, the shooter faced no resistance. As months wore on, more and more people resigned or were fired.


Broward Sheriff Israel was removed from office by Gov. DeSantis in January for failures before, during and after the Parkland shooting. Israel is fighting the suspension. He was replaced by appointee Gregory Tony, a former Coral Springs police officer who owns Blue Spear Solutions, an active-shooter/mass casualty response company. Tony said he’ll run for the seat in 2020.

Eight deputies heard gunfire at Stoneman Douglas but didn't rush in. Here are the consequences so far.


Sheriff Israel’s administration was dismantled after his suspension. Most of his command staff and allies in the Sheriff’s Office resigned or were fired. Sheriff Tony and his new undersheriff worked in the past for Coral Springs Police Department, whose officers were the first to rush into Stoneman Douglas to save children and teachers.


Scot Peterson, the deputy assigned to Stoneman Douglas, resigned, vilified for failing to rush in to the 1200 Building to save lives. Two security officers criticized for their inaction that day were let go. Of eight deputies who heard gunshots but didn’t immediately enter the school, two retired, including Peterson; three had their badges taken away and are under investigation; and three were reassigned. Capt. Jordan resigned in November, after the MSD Commission criticized her performance at the scene.