Devastating details about the way law enforcement officials handled the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 are beginning to emerge, and the reports aren't good. Some are calling it the most preventable mass shooting in U.S. history due to disturbing phone calls and warnings made prior to the shooting spree and the killer's alarming pattern of violent behavior.
Failure to act
The most calamitous seems to be law enforcement's complete failure to not only heed the warning signs that came directly from the killer himself and those closest to him, but their complete failure to effectively respond and protect students as gunshots rang out.
Preventing EMTs from entering school
The latest disturbing report comes from a first responder who told WSVN-TV the entire response from authorities was completely bungled.
“Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing,” he said. “You don’t wait for the scene to be cleared. You go in immediately armed. Retrieve the victims. You can’t leave the victims laying there.”
We were asking to go in. Asking the scene commander to go in. Why are we all standing around? Why are we not having patients to treat? Why are we not going into the building and retrieving these kids? The response every time was law enforcement did not clear the scene and would not allow medical personnel to go in.
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel denied having any knowledge of first responders not being able to enter the building during the shooting but later told NBC he couldn't be held responsible for the actions of lone deputies.
"Deputies make mistakes. Police officers make mistakes. We all make mistakes,” he told Tapper. “But it’s not the responsibility of the general or the president if you have a deserter. You look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively. And we’ll take care of it and justice will be served.”
Many are now calling for the sheriff to resign for incompetence.