The Broward County school resource officer who was harshly criticized for failing to defend students during the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been fired from his position and taken into custody.
“As Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the firing of former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school resource officer Scot Peterson and BSO Sgt. Brian Miller for ‘neglect of duties’ during the Parkland high school tragedy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Peterson Tuesday,” reports the Miami Herald.
“Peterson was charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury in connection with the Feb. 14, 2018, mass murder of 14 students and three adults at the Parkland school by Nikolas Cruz. Six of the seven child neglect counts are second-degree felonies, the Broward State Attorney’s Office said, with the seventh being a misdemeanor ‘because the child was not severely injured.’ The rest of the charges are misdemeanors,” adds the newspaper.
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“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a written statement. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
“Peterson was the school resource officer at MSD High School during the school shooting. The investigation shows Peterson refused to investigate the source of gunshots, retreated during the active shooting while victims were being shot and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building,” adds the release.
Read the full report at the Miami Herald.
BROWARD BACKLASH: Florida Sheriff Faces ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ Vote from His Own Deputies
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel found himself in hot-water Friday, facing a “no confidence” vote from his own department after multiple “failures” have “crushed moral” throughout the agency.
According to NBC Miami, Sheriff Scott Israel will face the up-or-down vote from his own deputies following his handling and response to the deadly shooting that stunned South Florida earlier this year.
“The move comes as Israel and his agency have been heavily criticized for their response during and after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in which 17 people, mostly teenage students, were shot dead,” writes NBC.
In a written statement, the official association of deputies said the vote was necessary following “many instances of suspected malfeasance, misfeasance, failure to maintain fiduciary responsibility by the Sheriff, failure to properly investigate possible criminal conduct by members of his senior command staff and the lack of leadership that has crushed morale through the agency.”
BROWARD BOMBSHELL: Deputy TOLD POLICE to 'STAY AWAY' from High School During Shooting
The disgraced Sheriff’s Deputy who maintained a “defensive position” and refused to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last month’s mass shooting reportedly told fellow officers to “stay away” from the building; instructing them to remain at least 500 feet back as people lay dying.
According to the Miami Herald, Deputy Scot Peterson told the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, “Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away.” Newly released audiotape of police scanners confirm Peterson’s comments; with screams heard in the background as the shooting unfolded.
The records confirm Peterson was well aware that the incident was occurring inside the building; directly refuting his claims he believed the gunman was last seen near the football field.
“It certainly backs up that he never went into the school,” said the president of the Broward County Sheriff’s police union. “At one point he says to keep back 500 feet. Why would he say that?”
Peterson became the center of a media firestorm after reports emerged he refused to enter the building as the carnage unfolded; allowing 19-year old Nikolas Cruz to kill 17 people and injure dozens more without confrontation.