Sgt. Brian Miller was one of four deputies terminated for “neglect of duty” after the 2018 slaughter at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and faculty members dead and another 17 injured.
Miller had been the first supervisor on scene — but put on his bulletproof vest and hid behind his car, not even going on his radio for 10 minutes, rather than taking command, a state commission investigation found.
“Miller failed to coordinate or direct deputies’ actions and did not direct or coordinate an immediate response into the school,” a report from the commission said at the time, calling his actions “ineffective.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, a member of the commission, chastised Miller as “an absolute, total failure” at the time.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office fired him last June — but an arbitrator has ruled that his due process rights were violated, the South Florida Sun Sentinel revealed late Wednesday.
Along with his job, he will get back pay for the 11 months he missed, the union that represents deputies and sergeants told the paper.
Miller was getting paid more than $137,000 a year when he was fired, the Sun Sentinel said — meaning his back pay would be at least $125,000.
Accused school shooter Nikolas Cruz is still awaiting trial for 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the attack on Feb. 14, 2018.
His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if he’s spared the death penalty and given a life sentence, a deal prosecutors have rejected.