US Disgraced Parkland school deputy is collecting a six-figure pension

21:12  16 may  2018
21:12  16 may  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The deputy who hid outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the tragic shooting on Feb. 14 in Parkland , Florida has been seen in public for the first time since that day. The outlet also reports that Peterson's resignation came with a ,000 pension that he will get to keep, unless he is

Image: School resource officer Scot PetersonScot Peterson during a school board meeting of Broward County, Florida on Feb. 18, 2015. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: School resource officer Scot PetersonScot Peterson during a school board meeting of Broward County, Florida on Feb. 18, 2015.

The Florida deputy who failed to confront the gun-toting teen blamed for the Parkland high school massacre is now collecting a pension that works out to $104,424 a year — for life, a state official confirmed Wednesday.

And relatives and representatives of the 17 people killed and 17 people wounded at the school on Valentine's Day are appalled that taxpayers are funding Scot Peterson's retirement.

"He's very upset that this guy, who let these kids die, in now collecting money like nothing happened," attorney Alex Arreaza, who is representing 15-year-old shooting survivor Anthony Borges, told NBC News on Wednesday.

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Here’s the video of the school resource deputy just standing around while the massacre was taking place at the Parkland school last month. I’m using the CNN video as they explain it well enough: It’s no wonder he resigned as soon as this came out last month.

Roundly vilified for not entering a Parkland high school during a mass shooting, Broward Deputy Scot Peterson insisted publicly that he believed that gunfire was happening outside on campus — not from inside the building.

Peterson resigned on Feb. 22 — a week after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — and began collecting his $8,702.35-a-month pension last month, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Management Services said.

"He began receiving his pension in April after Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz verified that there were no charges filed against Mr. Peterson that would cause him to forfeit those benefits per Florida law," the FDMS spokeswoman, Nina Ashley, wrote in an email to NBC News. "The department will continue to monitor the ongoing investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and will continue to follow the law."

A Broward County Sheriff's deputy for 32 years, Peterson's pension is based on the number of years he worked and the average of his five highest-paid years, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, which broke the story, reported. He was paid $101,879.03 last year, which includes $75,673.72 in salary plus overtime and other compensation.

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Radio calls released to the media directly contradict the claims made by former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson that he believed the gunfire was coming from outside, and not from inside a Parkland , Florida, high school .

On Thursday, internal radio dispatches released by Broward County Sheriff's Office revealed that Broward Deputy Scot Peterson heard the gunshots coming from inside the school , which directly contradicts Family Of Parkland Victim Files Lawsuit Against Deputy For Not Confronting Shooter.

His last posting was as the high school's school resource officer.

Peterson was harshly criticized after video footage from the high school revealed that he made no attempt to stop 19-year-old accused gunman Nikolas Cruz from shooting up the school.


Among the victims was Borges, who is credited with saving up to 20 lives when he used his body to shield his classmates and wound up being shot five times.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel suspended Peterson after viewing the footage and President Donald Trump called Peterson's non-response "disgusting" and insisted he would have charged into the school even if he was unarmed.

But Peterson's lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzi III, blasted Israel for judging his client without knowing all the facts.

"Let there be no mistake," DiRuzzi said. "Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the seventeen victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims in their time of need."

DiRuzzi did not immediately respond to an emailed request from NBC News on whether Peterson should be entitled to a taxpayer-paid pension given what happened on Feb. 14.

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