PARKLAND, FLORIDA — A Sheriff’s sergeant who was fired for his failure to act during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in 2018 will get his job back.
Sergeant Brian Miller was one of four cops terminated from duty by Sheriff Gregory Tony after the massacre. It was revealed Miller sat in his car while Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people and wounded 17 more.
The Sheriff’s union says an arbitration ruled the “BSO violated Sgt. Brian Miller’s Constitutional due process rights and improperly terminated him.”—-Alleging he was fired after state law allowed it.
The General Counsel for the sheriff’s office stood by their termination of Miller.
“The arbitrator ruled on the case without conducting any evidentiary hearing whatsoever and without taking the testimony of a single witness. The decision was based upon a technicality that we believe was wrongly decided. The arbitrator ruled on a procedural issue that BSO allegedly took too long to conduct the investigation, which is the exact opposite finding of an arbitrator that addressed this same issue in an earlier case. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is exploring all legal options to address this erroneous decision.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:
“The arbitrator did not address the conduct of Sergeant Miller on the day children and adults were massacred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while he stood by. Nowhere in the decision is he vindicated for his lack of action on that day.”
According to the Sun-Sentinel, ‘Miller will receive considerable money when reinstated. He was paid more than $137,000 in 2018. That includes a year’s salary, any overtime that he would have received, as well as medical reimbursements, paid holidays and time off.’
The shooting exposed widespread failures at the sheriff’s office, and eventually led to the ouster of Sheriff Scott Israel.