An arbitrator ruled that officials were incorrect to fire a deputy accused of inaction during the horrific mass shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The arbitrator said that Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony took too long to fire deputy Josh Stambaugh because state law requires an officer to be disciplined within 180 days of an investigation's completion.
In addition to getting his job back, Stambaugh is entitled to back pay, the arbitrator said.
Stambaugh was fired on June 25, 2019, which was 13 days after the deadline. Stambaugh is the second officer to be reinstated by an arbitrator. Four months ago, Sgt. Brian Miller was reinstated because officials missed the deadline to terminate him by two days.
The Broward Sheriff's Office appealed the reinstatement of Miller and said it will appeal the recent ruling giving Stambaugh his job back.
"Once again, an arbitrator with no connection or association with Broward County has made a flawed decision to reinstate a deputy who was terminated for his response to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Later this year, Edward Eason, who was also fired for his response to the school shooting, will have his case heard by an arbitrator.
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