Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has announced that the deputy assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a School Resource Officer, Scot Peterson, failed to intervene in the spree killing that left 17 dead . . .
During an investigation into the shooting, the Sheriff’s department reviewed security camera footage that showed Deputy Scot Peterson on campus at the time of the shooting. Deputy Peterson arrived at the west side of the building where the shooting took place. The officer took up a position but “never went in.”
Deputy Peterson waited four minutes outside before taking any action. He has since resigned from the agency.
Sgt. Greg Molamphy nominated Deputy Scot Peterson as the Parkland Deputy of the Year in 2017. In a memo Molamphy sent to Lt. Michael DeVita, he wrote Peterson handled “issues that arise with tact and solid judgment.”
WSVN 7 News in Miami asked Sheriff Israel what Deputy Peterson should have done in the situation. “Went in. Address the killer. Kill the killer.”
Col. Jack Dale said two other BSO deputies, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijis, were placed on restrictive duty. An internal investigation is ongoing to determine whether anything more could have been done concerning accused shooter Nikolas Cruz.
“I’ve restricted two of our deputies as we dig deeper into this,” Sheriff Israel said during the press conference, “and make a decision to see whether or not they could have done more, should’ve done more.”
During last nights CNN Town Hall Debate Sheriff Israel told the supportive audience that only police can save people and that arming teachers and staff is a useless cause. Seems he overstated his case . . .