Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Former BSO Sheriff Scot Peterson has been arrested and charged for his actions during the Parkland Shooting last year. Peterson has been charged with 11 counts for failure to protect children, as he stood outside as the shooting inside the school took place.
On February 14th of last year, former student Nikolas Cruz entered the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida carrying a semi-automatic AR-15-style rifle. Cruz opened fire on students and faculty, murdering 17 and wounding 17 more.
During the shooting, the on-site security and law enforcement official, school resource officer Scot Peterson, failed to enter the building where the mass shooting occurred.
Upon checking the school security cameras it was confirmed that Peterson stood outside while the shooting was happening, radioing in the details of the events to the police station.
Shortly after the event, Broward County Sheriff Office launched a massive investigation that would last for 14 months. The investigation which questioned 184 witnesses, culminated in the arrest of the Peterson, who has been charged with 11 counts of child neglect, negligence, and perjury.
If found guilty on all charges, Peterson, now 56 years old, could potentially face up to 100 years in prison.
“There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
A police union representative from the Broward Sheriff’s Office union criticized the indictment, saying it could set a dangerous precedent for officers assigned to protect schools, WPTV reported.