The Broward County Sheriff’s Office expelled video footage Thursday that showed a armed propagandize apparatus officer on campus during a Parkland, Fla., sharpened uproar station outward a propagandize building while a electrocute unfolded inside.
The video raises serve questions about a actions of a officer, Scot Peterson, who was a Broward sheriff’s emissary reserved as a sole armed officer safeguarding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Peterson’s function during and after a Feb. 14 mass sharpened has turn a concentration of heated scrutiny, with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel assailing him for not rushing inside to confront a gunman.
Peterson, who quiescent after being dangling and is underneath examination over his actions, has defended his response to a sharpened by arguing that he believed a gunfire was entrance from outside, rather than inside, a propagandize building. Because of that, he said, he “took adult a tactical position” to try to assess a situation.
The video footage, along with audio dispatch annals expelled final week, strew new light on Peterson’s actions outward a school. The video expelled Thursday, one of many recordings taken on campus a day of a shooting, prisoner Peterson hurrying across a campus as a electrocute was maturation and afterwards — while, military said, a sharpened continued — station outward for several mins yet ostensible to take cover.
An profession for Peterson did not respond to a summary seeking criticism Thursday. The sheriff’s office, meanwhile, pronounced a footage corroborated adult Israel’s open statements about Peterson.
“The video speaks for itself,” a sheriff’s bureau pronounced in a statement. “His actions were adequate to aver an inner affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21. After being dangling yet pay, Peterson chose to renounce and immediately late rather than face probable termination.”
The matter combined that a sheriff’s bureau was incompetent to plead some-more about a investigation because of Florida law.
The video footage does not embody sound, yet a sheriff’s bureau final week expelled dispatch recordings that prisoner some of what Peterson pronounced during a massacre.
These audio recordings uncover that Peterson fast zeroed in on a building where a electrocute occurred — something corroborated adult by a video, that shows him nearing dual mins after a gunfire began — and afterwards clearly focusing on that building with what he reported over a radio.
“We’re articulate about a 1200 building,” Peterson pronounced during one point, according to a audio recordings. When another officer after pronounced some students had reported probable firecrackers by a football field, Peterson replied: “We also listened it’s by, inside a 1200 building.”
It is unclear at what indicate in a school’s notice video Peterson might have pronounced this. The video recording came with a timestamp, while a sheriff’s bureau expelled timestamps for a dispatch recordings expelled final week. But a sheriff’s bureau also warned that a timestamps for these dual sets of records were “not accurately synchronized.”
During and after a shooting, military perceived a inundate of 911 calls, many from people who had children or other kin trapped inside a school. A military runner in circuitously Coral Springs, Fla., that perceived many 911 calls, pronounced she could hear gunshots in a credentials of some calls. In some calls, people pronounced they listened from some who were shot or stealing inside a school.
In partial of a footage expelled Thursday, Peterson is vaporous by a pole, yet other portions of a recording uncover him station still. The recording starts by display people — apparently students — walking on a campus with their faces blurred.
Shortly after, Peterson is seen hurrying with other adults opposite a campus before nearing in a area of a shooting. The timestamp on a video showed that he arrived during 2:23 p.m., dual mins after a sharpened began, military said.
According to a military timeline, a video showed Peterson “near a easterly dilemma of building 12 and a north easterly dilemma of building 7″ during this time. “He appears to sojourn in this area for a generation of a incident,” a timeline states.
The sheriff’s bureau expelled a 27-minute video clip, many of that comes from a still camera on another building on the Stoneman Douglas campus, after being systematic to do so by a judge. Its recover comes as a sheriff’s bureau has faced heated inspection for a response to a Feb. 14 sharpened as good as how a deputies acted before and after a massacre.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is questioning allegations that mixed other deputies responded to a propagandize but remained outside, while a Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reviewing a military response to a shooting. A state row authorized by lawmakers is also going to examination a law coercion response to a sharpened and prior contacts that officials had with a suspected gunman, who had repeatedly come to a attention of military and a FBI before a massacre.
The week after a shooting, Israel criticized Peterson for his response, describing a video recording as display a emissary streamer to a building, holding adult a position outward and afterwards unwell to rush in to confront a gunman, violation with generally supposed military practice. Israel pronounced that after being suspended, Peterson opted to resign, filing his retirement paperwork that day. Peterson, by an attorney, pushed behind during Israel’s depictions of his actions, yet he has not commented publicly since.
Joseph A. DiRuzzo III, Peterson’s attorney, called Israel’s comment a “gross oversimplification” of what happened and criticized a policeman for “jump[ing] to a conclusion” about a emissary yet watchful for a examination to finish.
“Let there be no mistake, Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented a black flitting of a seventeen victims on that day, and his heart goes out to a families of a victims in their time of need,” DiRuzzo pronounced in a matter final month. “However, a allegations that Mr. Peterson was a doormat and that his performance, underneath a circumstances, unsuccessful to accommodate a standards of military officers are plainly untrue.”
DiRuzzo’s matter pronounced Peterson was primarily responding to a call about a firecracker, afterwards told dispatchers there were shots dismissed and systematic a lockdown of a campus.
After Israel publicly described a video footage of Peterson, media outlets filed a lawsuit seeking to have county officials recover a clips. Authorities sought to disagree that releasing a videos would harm a ongoing investigation, while propagandize officials pronounced releasing the footage could exhibit vulnerabilities in a confidence system. The sheriff’s office, meanwhile, eventually topsy-turvy march and pronounced it upheld creation a footage public.
Broward County Circuit Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson, in an eight-page sequence expelled Monday, pronounced a videos could be expelled yet imperiling a school’s confidence complement or endangering a examination into a massacre. Levenson systematic a sheriff’s bureau to recover a chronicle of a video with “the identities of a students and different witnesses” private someday after noon Thursday, that is when a sheriff’s bureau expelled it.
This report has been updated.