Panel says sheriff’s policy contributed to Florida massacre

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office’s active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found Thursday that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s policy that deputies “may” confront active shooters rather than “shall” gave some an excuse for not entering the building during the Feb. 14 massacre that left 17 dead.

Israel told commissioners last month he didn’t want deputies engaging in “suicide missions,” but the commission’s law enforcement members said that could be handled by training deputies how to confront shooters in the safest way possible.

The commission must file its report to the governor and Legislature by Jan. 1.

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