WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Florida resource officer who knew a shooter was inside the Parkland high school but didn’t go inside to confront the suspect was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges in relation to his inaction.
- On February 14, 2018, Scot Peterson was the resource officer on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but he didn’t enter the building while the lone gunman — Nikolas Cruz — was shooting people.
- Peterson was charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury that would carry a combined potential prison sentence of almost 100 years.
Scot Peterson, the former resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was arrested Tuesday on charges in relation to his failure to enter the building during the mass shooting that happened on February 14, 2018.
The 56-year-old was charged in Broward County He was charged with 11 criminal charges — child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury — allegations that carry a combined potential prison sentence of almost 100 years.
The bail was set at $102,000 for the “Coward of Broward”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (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,” said its Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
A total of 184 witnesses were interviewed and investigators reviewed hours of video surveillance to reach a determination, Fox 13 reported.
“It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said.
In a statement, Republican Sen. Rick Scott said: “Had this individual done his job, lives would have been saved. Actions (or inaction) have consequences. We need more accountability, and that includes at the FBI, which has yet to show me a single example of how they’ve improved their processes following the failures in the leadup to the Parkland shooting.”
Fred Guttenberg, the father of one of the victims, tweeted: “I have no comment except to say rot in hell Scott Petersen. You could have saved some of the 17. You could have saved my daughter. You did not and then you lied about it and you deserve the misery coming your way.”
Peterson lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo III said in a statement: “Today the individuals who have made this charging decision have taken the easy way out and blamed Mr. Peterson for the actions on February 14, 2018, when there has only ever been one person to blame – Nikolas Cruz.”
Alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz, 20, who is expected to go on trial in early 2020, faces the death penalty if convicted. His lawyers have said Cruz will plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but prosecutors have refused that offer.
Source: Fox News