More Deputies Fired over Parkland Shooting

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Two more deputies have been fired as the Broward Sheriff’s Office wraps up its investigation into how it handled the tragic school shooting in Parkland on Valentine’s Day 2018, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sixteen months after the shooting, Sheriff Gregory Tony on Wednesday released a 124-page report that dissected a now-familiar litany of neglected policies, missed tips, overwhelmed radios, and unresponsive deputies who hid from the shooter rather than try to stop him. Tony said deputies Edward Eason and Joshua Stambaugh have been fired for neglect of duty, bringing to four the number dismissed since former student Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and wounded 17 more.

The tragedy also prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis to suspend Sheriff Scott Israel for what he called neglect of duty and incompetence and replace him with Tony. The Florida Senate is considering whether to uphold the suspension or return Israel to office. As part of the internal investigation, three other deputies from the Parkland District were investigated and cleared and will be allowed to return to work.

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