Saturday, February 24, 2018
Take Every Penny The Broward County Sheriff Deputy Four Have
By Robert Wenzel
We now learn that while the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida were taking place, four Broward County Sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of entering the high school and confronting the killer, Nikolas Cruz.
Yes, four deputies who pledge to "protect the people" failed miserably in protecting high school youth and school personnel. This is a remarkable dereliction of duty.
Indeed, sources from Coral Springs, Fla., police department tell CNN that when its officers arrived on the scene on the day of the shootings, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies behind their cars with weapons drawn.
The Coral Springs cops entered the building to engage the shooter on their own, before other Broward County deputies arrived, two of whom joined the police inside, the sources said.
Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum confronted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel during a vigil for victims the next day, saying students could have been dying in the school while the deputies held back.
The next day, Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi wrote in an internal e-mail that “another agency has given the impression that it had provided the majority of the rescue efforts.”
“Please know that this issue will be addressed, and the truth will come out in time,” he wrote.
Most outrageous, the school’s armed resource officer, Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, was among those outside. He resigned on Thursday after his failure to act was publicly revealed. Here's the thing, he retires with his full pension benefits.
It is instructive to consider what would happen if this occurred in a Private Property Society. First, it would be recognized that protection officers that failed to protect broke a contract. No one is forcing anyone in a PPS to join and take on the dangerous work required a protection service personnel but if one does there would be obligations to actually protect.
No one breaking such a contract would have the option of retiring with full benefits, he and his security firm would most likely be sued for every penny they had, perhaps after a trial thrown in jail or maybe hung high.
Will this occur with a government police force? Highly unlikely, they protect their own first, not the people.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on iphone and stitcher.
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