Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Law won't let him strip Stoneman Douglas deputy's pension, Gov. Scott says

Scot Peterson's $8K-plus pension: It pays to be cowardly Ex-cop accused of standing down during Parkland high school shooting receives massive pension: Report
Andrew Cummings | 17 May, 2018, 00:35

Then-Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson (right), who was assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February 14, 2018 shooting, is seen in this still image captured from the school surveillance video.

The investigation into the response to the massacre has yet to conclude.

Scot Peterson resigned and retired from his post as a resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 22.

"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald.

President Donald Trump said Peterson either froze under pressure or was a "coward", who "didn't have the courage" to go in.

He added that instead of Peterson receiving that money, it should go towards scholarships for wounded students or school safety but added, "There's nothing we can do about it".

In March, it was revealed that despite Peterson's claims, he actually called in a report that he heard gunshots "by, inside the 1200 building," according to dispatch audio of the incident.

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In addition, Peterson has been named in a wrongful death suit by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the shooting.

Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, tweeted that Peterson's pension "infuriates" him in "ways people can not comprehend".

About 18 months before the shooting, Peterson attempted to have Cruz involuntarily committed over mental health concerns. "How in the hell is he getting this?" he tweeted.

A second father, Fred Guttenberg, whose lost his daughter Jaime that tragic day, also expressed his disgust via Twitter.

"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he tweeted. He faces 17 charges of first-degree murder.

Peterson has not been criminally charged, but his pension benefits could be in question after a state inquiry into how police responded to the shooting.

Peterson remains the subject of a Broward Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigation, which Israel requested the week after the shooting. He says he can't, citing Florida law.

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