Another Broward county sheriff’s deputy who was dispatched to February’s Parkland high school massacre has been suspended.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Deputy Edward Eason had been placed on restricted duty, meaning he was forced to surrender his gun and badge. The announcement comes just two weeks after the public safety commission, tasked with investigating the shooting, revealed multiple failures in law enforcement’s response.
Body camera footage contradicted Eason’s report and showed that he delayed entering the building. The commission said alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz had already killed 17 and wounded 17 others by the time Eason arrived inside, but some people inside needed immediate help.
Jeff Bell, President of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, told The Miami Herald that Eason and others were being “scapegoated” by Sheriff Scott Israel.
The Sheriff’s captain who oversaw the initial response resigned recently and the first sergeant to arrive on scene was suspended.
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