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Jan Jordan Resigns as Captain of the Broward Sheriff’s Office
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Jan Jordan Resigns as Captain of the Broward Sheriff’s Office

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Heading into the 2018 midterm elections, gun control was a debated issue taken into consideration by voters when filling out their ballots.

As the recount process concludes, Jan Jordan, the captain of the Broward Sheriff’s Office who was slammed for being “ineffective” in handling the police response to the Parkland school shooting that occurred on February 14th, has resigned. In addition, Sgt. Brian Miller, one of her subordinates, has been tasked with restricted duty as notified by a statement from the Broward Sheriff’s office.

Jordan notified controversial Sheriff Scott Israel on Monday that she would be resigning, and she wrote in her separation form that she was leaving her role because of “personal reasons.”

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When Nikolas Cruz embarked on his attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Jordan arrived within seven minutes. However, she did not encourage deputies to go into the freshman building where 17 students and staff would end up losing their lives. Instead, Jordan focused on setting up a perimeter. When law enforcement commanders were asked about Jordan on the scene, she was described as not being focused on finding the shooter and speaking as if she were in a “dream-like” state.

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Last week, Sheriff Israel commented on the matter, saying that “If we find out that one or more deputies chose a path of inaction, they will be disciplined, and they will be disciplined swiftly. I absolutely look forward to reading the [commission’s] report.”

Miller arrived earlier than Jordan, but he also failed to tahe charge of the scene.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri commented that “He sat up on Holmberg Road for 10 minutes. He heard gunshots and he didn’t move. He never got on the radio. … He didn’t act.”

Six other deputies also heard gun fire but never entered the freshman building. The Broward Sheriff’s Office did not mention if they would face any repercussions.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.

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