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Two Florida SWAT Team Members Were Just PUNISHED For Rushing To The Parkland Shooting

Two Travis SWAT team members demonstrate how thy would form up behind a shield before entering a room Feb. 7 on base.

The Sun Sentinel reports that two Miramir SWAT officers have been suspended for going to the scene of the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14.

Detective Jeffrey Gilbert and Detective Carl Schlosser had good intentions while responding to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting where 17 people were killed, but they did not have permission to do so.

Because they responded without valid authorization, they were left unaccountable for their actions, which created an officer safety issue.

Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said on Wednesday, “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.”

One of the suspended officers told his supervisors he was in the Coral Springs area when the shooting took place, and it’s unknown where the other drove from, reported police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

Both SWAT officers were notified of their indefinite removal a week after the massacre. Their department referred to their position as being a “privileged program” and they were ordered to surrender all SWAT-issued rifles, according to Rues.

The SWAT team was placed on standby by the Miramir police department on the day of the Parkland shooting in case of needed assistance, but they were never requested, says Rues.

“Police officers have an inherent bias for action, and the minute they hear there’s a violent incident underway their immediate inclination is to go to it and try to stop the violence that is occurring,” says Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based police research organization. “And we want that in police officers. The problem is being able to channel that.”

Gilbert and Schlosser remain on active duty for other assignments.