After being fired in 2019 for his inaction during the 2018 Parkland school shooting, Florida Sergeant Brian Miller, 57, is now being reinstated with full and back pay ($137,000/year), plus his previous seniority with benefits.
Broward Sheriff’s Union argued that the Sheriff’s Office violated a 180-day termination notification clause after firing him only two days after the period ended, thus allowing Miller’s reinstatement.
Miller was the first supervisor to respond to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018. However, he, along with four other deputies were terminated over their “neglect of duty,” after it was found that he hid behind his car as the first shots rang out.
The shooting killed 17 students and faculty members, and injured another 17. At least two of the student survivors have since committed suicide.
A spokesperson for the General Council for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office stated, “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.”