Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Florida school shooting armed cop stood outside massacre and did NOTHING

Florida school shooting armed cop stood outside massacre and did NOTHING

"It's just, ah, there are no words".

"When we in law enforcement arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target and that's what should have been done", Israel said.

Israel suspended Peterson without pay pending an investigation.

The sole armed school resource deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which has a student population of more than 3,000, stood outside the building and did "nothing" as the shooter opened fire on students and teachers, authorities said this week.

CNN also saw documents showing that Peterson was twice the subject of complaints reviewed by internal affairs. They were locked in a room with two teachers and 62 students on the opposite side of the school.

Scott said there will be grants to allow sheriffs to establish special law enforcement teams to coordinate with DCF case managers.

Democratic candidate for governor Chris King was among two busloads of people who drove up from Orlando and St. Petersburg for an anti-gun rally.

Runcie said there was nothing inhibiting Peterson from entering the school. The FBI has said it failed to act on information about Cruz before he targeted his former high school in Parkland.

While on restricted duty, the deputies surrendered their Broward County Sheriff's Office ID cards and any other symbol of authority, including service weapons and vehicles. Peterson was eligible for retirement.

That's the day activists nationwide will gather for the March For Our Lives, an event created by Stoneman Douglas students.

A short time later at a nearby park, Cruz told the deputy he had been angry because he misplaced a photo of his recently deceased mother, and he apologized for losing his temper. Another officer asks if the footage is a recording. It's unclear whether it was Peterson.

She also warned that Mr Cruz was receiving an inheritance of $25,000 per year, and that he may spend that money on guns. "My thought is that if he had been away from fighting crime the way most patrol officers deal with crime on a daily basis then he may have been less ready to deal with an active shooter situation at the school".

Of course, this approach brings with it inherent issues, the report continued, because "a faster response is more unsafe to responding officers".

The recommendation also noted that Peterson 'uses appropriate resources at his disposal, including mental health professionals and investigators from the school board'. The 21 other calls are listed as "no policy violation apparent".

In response to questions about calls for a ban on AR-15-style rifles and other semiautomatic guns, the governor said that "banning specific weapons and punishing law abiding citizens is not going to fix this".

"There is no one that is going to tell you a negative thing about Deputy Peterson", said ninth-grade English teacher Felicia Burgin.

He rushed to Building 12, but did not go inside.

Records show Peterson is a decorated officer who is respected by his peers.

The award stated, "Deputy Peterson has proven to be reliable in handling issues with tact and judgment".

CBS4 News also got a look at his personnel file and discovered that in 2014, according to the website for the Broward Crime Commission, Peterson won the SRO Officer of the year award for Parkland.

The Republican governor of Florida called Friday for a police officer to be assigned to every public school in the state, and for the minimum age for gun purchases to be raised from 18 to 21 in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.

At some point, there was a miscommunication and officers believed they were watching real-time footage, he said. "It's just that when the person was reviewing the tape from 20 minutes earlier, somehow that wasn't communicated to the officers that it was a 20-minute delay". The targeted high school is in Broward County.

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