For a week now we’ve been feasting on the succulent reputation of Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson. He’s the school resource officer who has been fingered by students and by his boss for lacking the huevos to do anything about an ongoing school shooting other than cower in a stairwell.
Sheriff Scott Israel said Officer Scott Peterson failed by waiting outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS building for about 4 of 6 minutes while Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people
What should Peterson have done
Israel: “Went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer” pic.twitter.com/GxIMS1sPxf
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 22, 2018
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 25, 2018
Sheriff Scott Israel refuses to resign: "I gave [Scot Peterson] a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility!"#ResignSheriffIsrael pic.twitter.com/cdEwoUQv3T
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 25, 2018
#BREAKING Armed deputy at Stoneman Douglas "never went in." Sheriff Israel says deputy Scott Peterson has since resigned after being suspended without pay. https://t.co/8GHf1UCr8G pic.twitter.com/OieCy18Ank
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) February 22, 2018
Now Deputy Peterson has retained counsel and his lawyer tells quite a different story.
I’m not going to pretend to be an authority on police tactics. Not my thing. I was trained to move to the sound of the guns and I’m not sure what he thought was happening when he heard multiple gunshots from around the building. But, because he puts this in writing, I have to assume he followed standard procedure. In the interview Coral Gables PD Sergeant Jeff Heinrich gave, he says another off-duty officer was with him and that officer had an extra ballistic vest and a rifle. Heinrich borrowed the vest and a pistol. That matches up with Peterson’s story of a guy with a rifle being there.
In activating his high-powered Blame-O-Matic, Sheriff Israel seems to have stirred up a hornet’s nest. You can bet your bottom dollar that if Peterson is telling the truth we’re going to start hearing a lot more ugly stuff about the Broward Sheriff’s Office.