Diary

The Armed Police Officer on School Grounds Stayed Outside During the Parkland Shooting

There were plenty of opportunities to deter the Parkland shooter from committing mass murder. Two times the FBI was notified about the guy. Thirty nine times local police were involved with the shooter, yet he faced no real consequences. On multiple occasions, the shooter threatened to kill or injure others, but no one turned him in. I’m not a lawyer, but I believe that a credible threat to take another person’s life is a felony. And now the latest: The armed police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stayed outside during the shooting:

The armed officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., resigned Thursday after an internal review found he did not enter the school during last week’s deadly shooting.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Deputy Scot Peterson chose to resign after Israel suspended him without pay.

“Scot Peterson was absolutely on campus through this entire event. He was armed. He was in uniform,” Israel said at a press conference.

“After seeing video, witness statements and Scot Peterson’s very own statement, I decided this morning to suspend [him] without pay pending an internal investigation,” he continued.

Israel said Peterson chose to resign as he had met the necessary requirements for retirement. The sheriff noted that the investigation would continue.

“We’re not going to disclose the video at this time, and we may never disclose the video, depending on the prosecution and the criminal case,” Israel said. “But what I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position — and he never went in.”

When asked by a reporter what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

My guess is that if they showed the video, it would be an embarrassment to the Broward County Sheriff, which is why they should show the video. I think it’s more than fair to say that if law enforcement at multiple levels had just gone about and done their jobs, there would not have been a massacre in Parkland, FL the Wednesday before last. In this incident, we don’t need to pass even one more law, we just need enough people to take the initiative and enforce existing law. All of this “We’ve Got To Do Something!” business is obscuring this basic fact.