Not long after the nation learned of the horrible shooting a month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we also learned that County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Peterson stood outside the building while students were being shot to death. The sheriff’s department launched an immediate internal affairs investigation into Peterson’s action, but the deputy, who served as an armed resource officer at the school resigned and retired before any disciplinary action could be taken against him. Then Peterson went public and told the media that he took up a tactical position and that he wasn’t sure if the shots were coming from within the building or elsewhere outside.
The sheriff’s department has finally released the video from the school that shows Peterson talking to a security monitor and then taking up his position outside and never entering the building.
(Fox News) – Broward Deputy Scot Peterson stands safely behind a concrete wall taking no action as high school students lay dead and wounded just feet away, newly released video of the Florida school shooting shows.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office released the 27-minute video Thursday of the former longtime resource officer responding to initial reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Peterson, who was assigned to the school and on site when the shooting began, is seen with a civilian security monitor at the start of the video, but spends most of the video standing outside the school with his gun drawn.
“The video speaks for itself,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21. After being suspended without pay, Peterson chose to resign and immediately retired rather than face possible termination.” …
It doesn’t take a trained veteran police officer, like Scott Peterson, to quickly determine whether the shots being fired are coming from within the building you are standing outside or from outside. Any police officer with any sense of duty would have gone into the building to try to stop the shooting and save as many lives as possible. From what I saw and have heard and read, Peterson’s actions appear to be more cowardly than doing the right thing and I’m surprised that he has not been named in a lawsuit by the family of any of the victims.