The disgraced Parkland police officer who maintained a “defensive position” during the massacre at a south Florida high school defended his actions Monday, asking how sensible people who watch the surveillance footage can say he “did nothing.”
Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson spoke publicly for the first time this week, telling the Washington Post he helped lock down the school and clear the courtyard as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire inside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“How can they keep saying I did nothing?” he told the Post. “I’m getting on the radio to call in the shooting. I’m locking down the school. I’m clearing kids out of the courtyard. They have the video and the call logs. The evidence is sitting right there.”
“I’ve cut that day up a thousand ways with a million different what-if scenarios, but the bottom line is I was there to protect, and I lost 17,” he added. “I was scanning for the shooter, looking over the windows, the sidewalk, the rooftop. I thought maybe it was a sniper like in Las Vegas.”
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BROWARD COWARD: New Video Shows DEPUTY WAITING Outside as MASSACRE Unfolds
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released shocking new footage Thursday, showing an armed deputy standing idly outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a massacre unfolded inside the building.
The Department released the 27-minute clip that shows the immediate chaos and aftermath after 19-year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the Parkland, Florida high school; killing seventeen.
The surveillance footage shows Deputy Scot Peterson waiting outside the building, refusing to enter despite multiple gunshots and shattered windows as students screamed for help.
Peterson initially claimed he believed the shooter to be located outside the school, somewhere near the football field, but recently released dispatch audio shows he warned fellow officers to “stay away” from two specific buildings where Cruz conducted his rampage.
“Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away,” Peterson was heard saying over the radio.
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BROWARD COWARD: Officer Who HID During Shooting Gets $8K/Month Pension
The disgraced Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy who hid during the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now receives a state pension of $8,700 per month, reports the Sun Sentinel.
Former Deputy Scot Peterson -who resigned from the police force in February before he was set to face tough questions over his actions during the rampage- began receiving the taxpayer-funded pension in April; sparking outrage from local residents.
“The 55-year-old Peterson, a Broward deputy for 32 years, was paid $101,879.03 last year — $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation, according to sheriff’s office records. Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance,” writes the Sentinel.
The former Deputy was thrust into the national spotlight after surveillance footage emerged of Peterson taking a “defensive position” and refusing to enter the high school as Nikolas Cruz gunned down students at will.
The mass shooting left 17 people dead and dozens injured.