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USEx-school cop Scot Peterson fired, arrested for actions during Parkland massacre

23:25  04 june  2019
23:25  04 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Florida deputy charged after staying outside school shooting

Florida deputy charged after staying outside school shooting MIAMI — Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland massacre has been arrested on 11 charges. State Attorney Mike Satz announced Tuesday that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges. Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside. Satz says the charges carry a combined prison sentence of nearly 100 years. Peterson's bail was set at $102,000. A Peterson lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ex-school cop Scot Peterson fired, arrested for actions during Parkland massacre© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS Former Broward Sheriff's deputy school resource officer Scot Peterson leaves a court hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019.

PARKLAND, Fla. — Scot Peterson, the school security officer branded a coward for his inaction during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been arrested for neglect of duty, Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Tuesday.

Peterson, 56, had been nationally heckled and vilified for failing to confront the former student who gunned down and killed 17 students and staff at the Parkland school on Feb. 14, 2018.

“It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Sheriff Tony said.

Florida School Shooting: Peterson Faces Multiple Charges

Florida School Shooting: Peterson Faces Multiple Charges The former Broward County Sheriff's deputy who is accused of waiting outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is facing 11 charges.

Peterson has been booked into the Broward Main Jail on 11 criminal charges, including child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury. He also was fired.

“My heart is just beating because we’re over a year here and this is just now happening," said Gena Hoyer, mother of 14-year-old Luke, who died in the shooting. “This is long overdue.”

“He needs to go to jail and he needs to serve a lifetime in prison for not going in that day and taking down the threat that led to the death of our loved ones,” said Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter, Alyssa, 14, also died that day. “It was his duty to go into that building and to engage the threat and he froze and he did nothing.”

Peterson’s arrest comes after a 15-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

Scot Peterson In Bond Court On Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Shooting Related Charges

Scot Peterson In Bond Court On Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Shooting Related Charges Former Broward Sheriff's resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson appeared in bond court Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Peterson, who was fired from the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, is charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury. The charges stem from the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. During the hearing, the judge set bond at $102,000.

Ex-school cop Scot Peterson fired, arrested for actions during Parkland massacre

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The investigation showed Peterson refused to investigate where the gunshots were coming from, retreated during the gunfire as victims were being shot, and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building, FDLE spokeswoman Jessica Cary said in an emailed statement.

“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers ad staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

Also terminated was Sgt. Brian Miller.

“[Peterson and Miller] were found to have neglected their duties at MSD High School,” Tony said in an emailed statement.

Peterson was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an administrative discipline hearing at the sheriff’s office headquarters on Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Scot Peterson’s Attorney To Ask For Bond Reduction

Scot Peterson’s Attorney To Ask For Bond Reduction Former Broward Sheriff's resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson is scheduled to be back in court Thursday when his lawyer requests a bond reduction and pre-trial release. Peterson, who was fired from the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, is charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury. The charges stem from the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. During Wednesday’s bond court hearing, Broward Judge Jackie Powell set bond at $102,000. Peterson’s attorney Joseph DiRuzzo tried to get that reduced.

If convicted as charged, Peterson could face a maximum of nearly 97 years in state prison. His bond has been set at $102,000.

“We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day,” Tony said. “I am committed to address deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”

Peterson is facing seven felony counts of child neglect, three misdemeanor counts of culpable negligence and one misdemeanor count of perjury, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

The investigation included 184 witness interviews, review of countless hours of video surveillance and resulted in 212 investigative reports and more than 800 hours of investigation, Cary said.

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.


The Pulse and Parkland shootings: Why was 1 cop called hero, the other arrested?.
ORLANDO, Fla. - When Orlando police Officer Adam Gruler saw a shooter at the gay nightclub Pulse three years ago, he fired his handgun at him but did not pursue him inside, even as the gunman blasted a dance floor full of clubgoers with bullets from a high-powered rifle, killing 49. Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson made a similar choice last year when he stayed outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman rampaged through the campus, killing 17 people. Gruler was hailed as a hero by local officials and attended the State of the Union address as an honored guest.

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