Video shows officer at Florida school shooting failed to act

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A newly-released surveillance video shows a Florida police officer outside a high school while a gunman was firing on students inside.

The revelation comes in the ongoing controversy over the response of officers when a 19-year-old suspect went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14 and killed 17 students and adults.

Phil Keating reported the details on "Outnumbered Overtime" Thursday.

Peterson, the armed school resource officer, reportedly did not enter the school building when shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and injured many others with his AR-15 rifle.

It begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with objective outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds.

"The video speaks for itself", the Broward County Sheriff's Office said. "His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on February 21".

The Sheriff's Office said after receiving unpaid suspension, Peterson chose to resign and retired immediately to avoid possible termination.

Judicial Watch explained that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference: "What I saw was a deputy [Peterson] arrive ... take up a position and he never went in".

Watch an extended video below.

The 30-minute video shows former Deputy Scot Peterson flagging down another male staff member from the school at the main administration building and hopping on a golf cart to race to the freshman building.

"Be advised we have possible, could be firecrackers, I think we have shots fired, possible shots fired", Peterson told dispatchers.

While Scot Peterson did not enter the building to confront the shooter, 21-year IL police officer Randy Petersen (no relation) said it's a complicated situation.

Calls to Peterson's attorney for comment on the release of the new video haven't been returned.

After the training manual, video and audios were released, there is perhaps no one in the world who believes him.

Days later, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a record of 23 calls to Cruz's home over the past decade that reveals a series of increasingly violent incidents involving the youth.

Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation.

Peterson was not the only law enforcer accused of failing to prevent the massacre.

Israel said that after being suspended, Peterson opted to resign, filing his retirement paperwork that day.

About 22 minutes into the video, police lights can be seen at the far corner of the building. Video of what happened inside the school was not released. The video released Thursday did not have sound, but radio transmissions appear to indicate the 32-year veteran deputy was nearly immediately aware the shots were fired inside the building. "Lives were lost in Parkland because the sheriff's office personnel were either poorly trained or failed to follow training protocols".

The state of Florida said on Tuesday it intends to seek the death penalty for Cruz.

The video was released Thursday afternoon after a Florida judge ordered that it be made public.

Levenson ordered the sheriff's office to release a version of the video with "the identities of the students and unknown witnesses" removed between noon Thursday and noon Friday.



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