Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Stand Down," Be it at Baltimore, Berkeley or Parkland is Not the Response in an Emergency

Police officers responding to the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland reported that they saw three Broward County Deputy Sheriffs standing outside the school during the shootings. That couldn’t be accurate! Law enforcement is trained after Columbine to rush in to minimize the carnage. Yet, it was true. The deputies were told not to enter unless their body cameras were turned on. These officers lacked body cameras. Or were they told to stand down? The high school’s campus security officer did not enter the school during the shootings. Only three reasons could explain his behavior: He was poorly trained; He was told to stand down; or He exercised damnably poor judgment. We also learn that the EMT’s on the scene were ordered to stand down pending the arrival of a SWAT Team. EMT’s are trained to go in right after the police. They weren’t allowed to do so. Lives are lost by delay! Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s days in office are numbered. The Sheriff Office needs a major revamping. Students and outside agitators at the University of California Berkeley, the cradle of the Free Speech Movement, on February 1, 2017.protested the appearance of Milos Yiannopoulos, a conservative speaker. They rioted, started fires, threw rocks at the campus police, who were ordered to stand down. Over $100,000 in property damages ensued with campus agitators becoming emboldened. Two months later on April 21, 2017 at Middlebury College in Vermont the same reaction occurred when Dr. Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, spoke. His host, Professor Alison Stanger, had her hair pulled and neck twisted by a protestor The University months afterwards imposed meaningless sanctions against the perpetrators. Americans were mesmerized by the Baltimore Riots on April 29, 2015. Viewers watched a CVS burning to the ground. The police stood in ranks as the rioters roamed. The Baltimore police were ordered to stand down, either by the Mayor or Police Commissioner. Neither admits to giving the order, relayed to the officers by police brass, but the result was that Baltimore burned while the Mayor fiddled. Millions in damages resulted while the police looked weak. Baltimore has become one of the homicide centers of America.

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