Brian Miller, the sheriff’s sergeant who was fired for failure to act while a mass shooting was happening at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is getting his job back. Complete with back pay.

Miller had been the first supervisor on the scene and reportedly, was able to hear gun shots. Miller hid behind his car, put on a vest, and didn’t bother radioing anyone for a solid 10 minutes while the shooting went on.

Miller will be reinstated after the Broward County Sheriff’s Union found he was not granted due process before being fired.

The Sun SentinelSun Sentinel has more:

A sheriff’s sergeant who was fired for sitting in his car and failing to react while a gunman slaughtered students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will get his job back.

An arbitrator has dismissed the case against Brian Miller. According to a statement from the union that represents deputies and sergeants, the arbitrator found that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office violated Miller’s due process rights when Sheriff Gregory Tony  terminated him long after state law allowed it.

Miller was fired in June, 16 months after former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 more with an AR-15 rifle on Feb. 14, 2018.

Miller will received considerable money when reinstated. He was paid more than $137,000  in 2018. That includes a year’s salary, any overtime that he would have received, as well as medical reimbursements, paid holidays and time off.

Cruz’s rampage exposed widespread failures at the Sheriff’s Office. The deputy assigned to the school, Scot Peterson, was charged with multiple counts of child neglect. Peterson was widely criticized for taking cover outside the school while Cruz was gunning down people inside. But the criticism didn’t stop with Peterson.

Broward Sheriff Scott Isreal was ousted over the department’s failures in Parkland and at a mass shooting a year earlier at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. His replacement, Tony, canned Miller and then deputies Joshua Stambaugh and Edward Eason a few weeks later.

I’m not sure exactly where it falls in the rankings of “most crooked counties in America,” but Broward County stinks to high heaven.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was run out of his post in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. A decision the state Supreme Court upheld.

Former Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson was charged with 11 counts, all related to the Parkland shooting.

 

 
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