Disgraced Parkland officer will get pension

This Feb. 14 2018 frame from security video provided by the Broward County Sheriff's Office shows deputy Scot Peterson right outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla. The

The lawsuit, filed by attorney David W. Brill, details Peterson's inaction from the moment Cruz stepped into the building, stating that Peterson was the only person armed and trained to deal with an active shooter.

Peterson started with the Broward Sheriff's Office in July 1985 and was the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas since 2009.

Peterson, the Sun-Sentinel reported, has received a monthly state pension of $8,702.35 since April.

Peterson rushed to the building, but stayed outside for about four minutes during the shooting and never went inside.

Peterson resigned and retired February 22, a week after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he waited outside as Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.

Scot Peterson maintained that he believed the gunshots were coming from outside the school.

"Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue", DiRuzzo said.


Raw video: Footage from surveillance cameras shows deputy Scot Peterson's actions during massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Picture: APFlorida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.

Fathers of two of the victims of the Parkland shooting expressed their disgust over Peterson's generous pension on Twitter.

Tweeting a news story about Peterson's pension, Andrew Pollack wrote that the money should go toward school security. "How in the hell is he getting this?" he tweeted.

"This infuriates me in ways people can not comprehend". He faces 17 charges of first-degree murder. Officials have indicated that nothing to date prevents Peterson from receiving his retirement benefits. Sheriff Scott Israel also criticized Peterson, saying he should have "went in".

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

"The department will continue to monitor the ongoing investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and will continue to follow the law", Ashley said. The Department of Management Services spokeswoman said health benefits, which Peterson receives through the sheriff's office, are not included in the monthly amount he receives in pension.

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