It’s hard to believe that any officer of the peace who’s sworn to serve, and protect would hesitate to protect. Atleast that’s what you’d think when someone chooses a career that requires them to protect their community. This was not the case for a Broward county sheriff deputy, Scot Peterson, a school resource officer from the Broward County Sheriff’s office, whom was assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Broward County, Fl, Peterson apparently waited outside the school building without ever going inside, stated by sheriff Scott Israel during a news conference on Thursday. The news spread like wild fire,and immediately became a media outrage. Reported, and talked about by every media outlet, from radio broadcasting, indie podcasts, talk shows, and communities abroad. This is such a shocking allegation, and hard for anyone to believe that a law enforcement officer could make such a immoral decision.
Peterson, has since resigned on Thursday, a week after the school shooting there that left 17 people dead. “What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position, and he never went in,” Israel said Thursday, referring to the school building where the shooter went on his rampage.
Israel stated the deputy “clearly” knew a shooter was inside the building, but stayed outside for four minutes while the killing continued.
“Devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words,” Israel said describing his feelings. “These families lost their children, we lost coaches. I’ve been to the funerals. I’ve been to the homes where they’re sitting shiva. I’ve been to the vigils. There are no words.”
An internal investigation into Peterson has been officially opened after seeing video of the school and after interviewing witnesses and Peterson himself. Peterson has been suspended without pay, Peterson has chosen to resign. Because the deputy had enough time with the force to meet the requirements of retirement, Israel said he “resigned slash retired.”
The investigation will continue, according to Israel. Two other Broward County officers have also been put on administrative duties, according to various sources, and reports, but their names have not been released. The investigation into those officers has said to have something to do with the tips reported about the shooter prior to the shooting.
Peterson’s home, the former school resource deputy who stayed outside the Florida high school as last week’s massacre unfolded was being protected Friday by law enforcement officials — President Trump even called out the ex-cop, suggesting he was a “coward.”
Reporters who tried to contact the deputy, and attempted to approach the deputy’s home, which is in West Palm Beach were reportedly met with resistance from at least six police officers who were standing guard outside.
“They prevented us from approaching the house,” WSVN’s Frank Guzman tweeted Thursday.