The man has been painted as "the coward of Broward" and even if that's true, is that a crime? It's so easy to say "I'd have charged right in there" but would you really? Until the chips are down you'll never know. The man was in a situation where he had to rely on his own best judgement and maybe his judgement was influenced by fear and maybe mine would have been as well but it was his judgement and we're in no position to second guess.
I agree that he is being scapegoated for the failure of a whole system and that is not only an injustice to that one man but worse, it does nothing to solve the real problems.
Agreed. In my 21 years in LE, I saw a lot of paper tigers.
On both sides of the badge.
On my side of it, they lasted about a month to 6 months until somebody on the street tried'em out.
After that, they were let go, quit, or reassigned to less physically, and emotionally stressful assignments.
School officers in my day (they used to be liaison officers) were as a general rule, "layed back good ole boys" that were overly tolerant of BS, got along well with the kids, AND THE PARENTS 🙈, and weren't motivated to get in the trenches, or dive into bar fights, domestic disputes, fights ect.
I suspect its still that way.
Street officers want in. Their constantly putting in for more advanced training, and seek promotion into specialized areas.
Most would seek employment elsewhere, if assigned to babysitting school hallways, and ******* parents whose children are always innocent.
In doing a little light research on Broward County SO, I'm still a little mystified as to why it took 48 minutes to get backup, with 5400 total employees, 2/3s of which surely are field deputies.
And I suspect that Peterson was in way over his head in lack of training for such an event.
Doesn't diminish the impact of such a tragedy, but individuals, and groups of individuals think such things will never happen to them.
Until it does.