Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Retired 'Coward' Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland Shooting Receives Massive Pension

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
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 03:33

Despite resigning in disgrace after the Parkland school shooting, former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Scot Peterson is receiving a generous state pension that will pay him more than he made in his previous year on the force.

Peterson's reaction to the deadly school shooting is under police scrutiny and has drawn widespread criticism.

On Feb. 14, surveillance video showed Peterson waiting outside the school as Cruz prowled the halls.

The 55-year-old Peterson, a Broward deputy for 32 years, was paid $101,879.03 last year - $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation, according to sheriff's office records.

Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been jailed since the shooting.

According to a Florida Department of Management Services letter dated March 28, Mr Peterson was found to be entitled to a full pension - despite his behaviour during the incident, CNN reports.

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He was arrested and charged with felony tampering with government documents for filing false enrollment records. A 25-year-old man was arrested for pretending to be a student while playing for a high school basketball team.

Peterson has maintained he thought the shots were being fired from outside the school but Sheriff Scott Israel said the deputy should have entered the building immediately.

In the days after the massacre that left 17 students and staff members dead, Peterson came under fire for what some described as inaction once bullets began to fly through the hallways of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The former officer claimed he believed the shots were coming from outside of the school, by the football field.

"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald. Before the pension payments began, the Department of Management Services asked Broward State Attorney Michael Satz about Peterson, but Satz's office said it had no information to provide and referred questions to FDLE.

Peterson has since been sued by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter lost her life during the bloodshed. President Donald Trump slammed Peterson, saying he "certainly did a poor job" and that he was a "coward" for not going into the school to try to help the students.

Because no charges have been filed, the state is required to provide his pension under Florida law but our agency will be closely monitoring the FDLE investigation for any updates.