Broward County Sheriff Releases Video Of Deputy's Inaction during Parkland Shooting


Armed school resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson was on the scene of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The deputy is seen standing outside a door to the school, and then riding around in a golf cart on February 14 - as 17 people were fatally shot inside.

The video, which media organisations petitioned the judge overseeing the case to release, was released Thursday and does not provide incredible detail, but does show Mr Peterson as he hears about the shooting before speaking into a radio handset on his shoulder and rushing over to the site of the shooting.

Peterson's attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, did not return a call and email Thursday seeking comment.

Broward sheriff's Col. Jack Dale disputed Grollnek's conclusion, saying in a statement that the training Peterson and other deputies take includes live-fire simulations for both single deputy and multiple deputy situations.

Naples Daily News reports that the Broward County Sheriff's Office released the video and suggested that it "speaks for itself".

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise, Florida, Feb. 21, 2018.

Peterson also told other law enforcement officers who raced to the school to stay outside. The video shows Peterson moving quickly away from Building 9 and at times on a golf cart, again moving away from the building.

But in radio transmissions released last week it appears the 32-year veteran deputy knew nearly immediately they were coming from inside the freshman building.

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Instead, Peterson stood outside, doing nothing, for more than four minutes, police said.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Scott Israel criticized Peterson days after the shooting, claiming that the former deputy should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer".

Peterson's lawyer has said Peterson decided not to enter the building where the shooting took place because he believed the gunfire was outdoors.

Several news outlets, including the Associated Press, sued to have the footage released.

In the newly released 27-minute video from a school surveillance camera, Deputy Scot Peterson can be seen standing with his gun drawn next to a civilian security monitor, but he never enters the building. Images of students who appear in the footage are pixelated.

It begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with goal outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds.

The 19-year-old Cruz has been charged with 34 counts of murder and attempted murder. Officers are trained to engage an active shooter.

Cruz's state-assigned public defender Melissa McNeil added that Cruz would plead guilty if prosecutors waived the death penalty as a potential punishment.

BSO initially resisted release of the video, but at a hearing last week, changed course and agreed the footage should be made public.

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