A Florida police detective resigned last week after he said there would be an “active shooter situation” if he didn’t get the job he wanted, officials said.
Bergren, according to the Tampa Bay Times, wrote the police chief a letter explaining he was joking and that he “failed to appreciate how recent tragic events could lead to a statement referencing an active shooter being misperceived” — but the excuse didn’t fly.
ICYMI: A police spokesman said law enforcement cannot ask the public to watch out for “red flags” ― signs of potentially dangerous behavior ― and ignore such a sign under its own roof.https://t.co/LUs778XURt
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) September 22, 2019
“In his letter, he says it was in jest, but in hindsight it was ill-advised,” Young told the news outlet. “In today’s society, you just can’t say something like that and not be held accountable for it.”
The police major said it doesn’t make sense for law enforcement to ask that the public look out for “red flags” – like threatening an “active shooter situation” – while ignoring such comments close by, despite where it comes from.
Bergren was placed on leave and an investigation was conducted, uncovering that Bergren had made a similar comment on May 10 — he told co-workers about what might happen if he wasn’t appointed to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s drug task force.