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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has announced an employee shakeup in the wake of last week’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission meetings.
Per BSO, Captain Jan Jordan submitted her resignation to Sheriff Scott Israel on Tuesday. Jordan was the captain in command the day of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 students and teachers while injuring 17 others.
Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was murdered in the shooting, believes Jordan did the right thing.
“In light of the evidence that was presented to the commission last week about her action, or inaction, I think she did the honorable thing,” said Petty.
Jordan was criticized for not effectively taking command of the situation after the shooting.
“Nobody seemed to take control of the scene,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley, MSD Commission Member.
Jordan blamed radio and communication troubles for many of the problems in the BSO response. In June, she was removed from her position in Parkland and reassigned within BSO.
A Deputy Police Chief from Coconut Creek told the Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission that Jordan “was overwhelmed. She was overwhelmed. I could see it. I tried to help her.”
Jordan’s resignation is effective Tuesday, November 20.
Additionally, BSO announced that as of Tuesday afternoon, Parkland District Sgt. Brian Miller has been placed on restrictive administrative duty.
During a safety commission hearing last week, Miller was singled out for waiting many minutes, away from the building, before acting or even getting on his radio, said Commission Chairman Piniellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
“He sat up on Holmberg Road for over 10 minutes,” Gualtieri said last week, as Broward Sheriff Scott Israel testified before the Commission. “He heard gunshots and he didn’t move. He never got on the radio. He was the first supervisor on the scene. He never moved even when officers and deputies were going into the building. That man never moved.”
A Commission animation shows that Miller arrived at the school as the shooting was still going on but he took up a position on the road near the north end of campus and did not move.
The Commission said another officers’ body camera showed “a subject who appears to be Sgt Miller can be seen standing behind his vehicle on Holmberg Road.”
Miller will remain on restrictive duty pending the outcome of an internal review of his response to the February 14th shooting.
Sheriff Israel issued this statement on Miller:
“The MSD Public Safety Commission hearings last week gave BSO and the public a first look at some of the results of their nine-month investigation. Upon learning about those preliminary findings, I felt it was prudent to place Sgt. Brian Miller on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal review of his actions.”
Ryan Petty, also an MSD Commission Member, told CBS4’s Carey Codd that he believes Israel needs to resign as well.
Petty said he believes the BSO policy that says deputies “may confront” an active shooter, rather than “shall confront” an active shooter, led to deaths on February 14.
“It was too late for my daughter, she was in one of the first classrooms, but it wasn’t too late for those on the 3rd floor and the inaction that day based on the policy led to a failure to respond and address the shooter,” said Petty.
Ultimately, Petty said he believes Israel should step down.
“If we want to prevent this from happening again, we’ve got to have accountability and that starts at the top,” Petty said. “The policy was put in place by the sheriff and I think he needs to be accountable for that policy so I’d like to see Sheriff Israel do the honorable thing and resign.”
Later Tuesday Israel issued a second statement:
“I have done nothing that would warrant my resignation and have absolutely no intentions of resigning. I am committed to BSO and the safety of Broward County. I will remain Sheriff for so long as the voters of Broward County want to have me.”