Florida Democrat deputy (Retired in Illinois, like poofter Obama) arrested for negligence over inaction during Parkland shooting
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We Must Make A New Law!
2020-07-31 03:11:31 UTC
MIAMI — The former Florida deputy who stood outside instead of
confronting the gunman during last year’s Parkland school
massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to
his inaction.

Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement that 56-
year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence
and perjury charges that carry a combined potential maximum
prison sentence of nearly 100 years.

Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty as the
school resource officer during the February 2018 shooting at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside while
bullets were flying. Seventeen people died and 17 others were
wounded in the attack.

One of the victims was 14-year-old Gina Montalto, whose father
Tony Montalto said families wanted justice to be done.

“We are happy to see some accountability for this tragedy that
took the life of my daughter Gina and 16 other wonderful
individuals as well as terribly injured 17 others,” said
Montalto, president of the Stand With Parkland victim families’

Peterson’s bail was set at $102,000, Satz said. Once released,
Peterson will be required to wear a GPS monitor and surrender
his passport, and will be prohibited from possessing a firearm,
the prosecutor said.

Peterson lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo III didn’t immediately respond to
a request for comment. In the past, he has defended Peterson’s
conduct as justified under the circumstances.

The charges follow a 14-month investigation by the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, according to that agency.

“The FDLE investigation shows former deputy Peterson did
absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17
children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE
Commissioner Rick Swearingen in an email statement said. “There
can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that
his inaction cost lives.”

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, a Republican who was Florida governor when
the shooting happened, initiated the FDLE probe and said Tuesday
in a statement that he was glad the investigation was finished.

“Now it’s time for justice to be served,” Scott said.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said Peterson has been formally
terminated, although he announced his retirement shortly after
the shooting. Another deputy, former Sgt. Brian Miller, was also
fired, although he faces no criminal charges for his actions
that day.

“It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Tony said.

David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private
practice, said key to the case will be the culpable negligence
charge, which essentially means an “utter disregard for the
safety of others.”

“They are focusing on the care he was required to give to the
students as a caregiver who was responsible for their welfare,”
Weinstein added.

The Peterson arrest is the latest fallout from the Valentine’s
Day 2018 shooting. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended then-Sheriff
Scott Israel for “neglect of duty and incompetence” over the
department’s actions that day. Israel is appealing that decision
to the state Senate and said he intends to run again next year.

The case also spawned a state commission that issued a 458-page
report detailing a litany of errors before and during the
shooting, including unaggressive Broward deputies who stayed
outside the school building and the policies that led to that.
The commission also recommended voluntary arming of teachers,
which state lawmakers approved this year.

The chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public
Safety Commission, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, said
in an interview that the charges against Peterson are
“absolutely warranted.”

“Scott Peterson is a coward, a failure and a criminal,”
Gualtieri said. “There is no doubt in my mind that because he
didn’t act, people were killed.”

Nikolas Cruz , 20, faces the death penalty if convicted of the
first-degree murder charges filed in the attack. His lawyers
have said Cruz would plead guilty in return for a life sentence,
but prosecutors have refused that offer.

Cruz is expected to go on trial in early 2020.

Klaus Schadenfreude
2020-07-31 12:28:51 UTC
On Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:11:31 +0200 (CEST), "We Must Make A New Law!"
Post by We Must Make A New Law!
MIAMI — The former Florida deputy who stood outside instead of
confronting the gunman during last year’s Parkland school
massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to
his inaction.


Following last February's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
School in Parkland, Florida, some students claimed local government
officials were at fault for failing to provide protection to students.
The students filed suit, naming six defendants, including the Broward
school district and the Broward Sheriff’s Office , as well as school
deputy Scot Peterson and campus monitor Andrew Medina.

On Monday, though, a federal judge ruled that the government agencies
" had no constitutional duty to protect students who were not in

This latest decision adds to a growing body of case law establishing
that government agencies — including police agencies — have no duty to
provide protection to citizens in general:

“Neither the Constitution, nor state law, impose a general duty upon
police officers or other governmental officials to protect individual
persons from harm — even when they know the harm will occur,” said
Darren L. Hutchinson, a professor and associate dean at the University
of Florida School of Law. “Police can watch someone attack you, refuse
to intervene and not violate the Constitution.”

The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the government has only a
duty to protect persons who are “in custody,” he pointed out.