Scot Peterson, a school security officer who sat in his car while 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were massacred last year, has been charged with child neglect, negligence and perjury and arrested for allegedly abrogating his responsibilities as an officer.
“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,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen in a press release. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
“I was pleased the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office conducted a thorough investigation that yielded the arrest of Scot Peterson. All the facts related to Mr. Peterson’s failure to act during the MSD massacre clearly warranted both termination of employment and criminal charges. It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” said Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony, who replaced the reviled Scott Israel after he was removed from his post.
Peterson, 56, has become a national figure of scorn and the poster child for law enforcement failure after he refused to confront shooter Nikolas Cruz during his rampage in Parkland, FL on Feb. 14, 2018.
The criminal charges all stem from the murders and injuries that happened on the third floor of the high school, with the exception of an additional perjury charge levied on Peterson. It is conceivable that Peterson could have prevented some of the killings on that floor if he had done his job that day.
The parents of the slain students have no sympathy for Peterson after his behavior during that tragedy.
Former Broward Deputy Scot Peterson has been arrested on felony charges.
He cowered in Parkland while my sister died defenseless and lied about his failure to confront the shooter.
I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) June 4, 2019
“He should rot, that’s how I feel,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the massacre. “My daughter was one of the last to be shot. My daughter absolutely could have been saved by him and she wasn’t … I’m pleased an effort is being made for justice here.”
“Had she had one more second she would have been saved,” Guttenberg added. “She was turning into the stairwell. I hope they make his life as miserable as possible.”
“If Scot Peterson had done his job my son would be alive today,” said Linda Schulman. “One hundred-percent had he done something the active shooter would not have made it to the third floor, had he done his job, instead of standing outside like a coward. Had he done his job we wouldn‘t be having this conversation.”
“He needs to go to jail and he needs to serve a lifetime in prison for not going in that day and taking down the threat that led to the death of our loved ones,” said Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was murdered that day. “It was his duty to go into that building and to engage the threat and he froze and he did nothing.”
Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller have been formally terminated from their posts on the police force following an extensive investigation. If Peterson is convicted of the many charges, he could receive nearly 97 years in prison.
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Michigan Declares That Standing Within Six Feet of Someone Can Be Punished by a $1,000 Fine
This is massive overreach.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced that individuals are now subject to a $1,000 fine if they do not properly comply with social distancing edicts made by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
This announcement means that an individual could be fined if they come within six feet of another person in public. So-called experts are cheering on this ghastly infringement upon basic rights, as the lab coats usher in the demise of the American way of life.
“A person can have coronavirus without knowing it,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “They can spread the disease to others who can spread it to others. The only way to stop the spread is social distancing. A civil penalty and potential licensing actions send a strong message to Michiganders that social distancing is essential to saving lives.”
“There is not a vaccine or a recognized treatment for COVID-19 and our healthcare system is being severely taxed by this pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.
“We need people to heed the Stay Home, Stay Safe order as well as other orders issued by the Governor to protect the health and safety of all Michiganders,” he added.
According to WXYZ-7 Detroit, the Democrats in charge are attempting to intimidate Michigan residents into following Whitmer’s edicts by threatening these Draconian punishments. Her executive orders effectively shut down public life completely throughout the state:
- Executive Order 2020-11 temporarily prohibits large assemblages and events and temporarily closes schools.
- Executive Order 2020-20 places temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation.
- Executive Order 2020-21 temporarily restricts gatherings and travel and prohibits in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life.
Whitmer wants to keep her state shut down until June 9, which would cause incredible economic damage in a key battleground state heading into November’s presidential election.
“Since Michigan announced our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 three weeks ago, we have taken some of the most aggressive measures in the country to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect Michigan families,” Whitmer said on Thursday.
“Today’s action will allow my administration to respond more effectively to every facet of this crisis. During this time, it’s crucial that Michiganders continue to stay home and keep their distance from others. We will get through this together,” she added.
She formalized her request to the Republican-dominated state legislature for her lock-down order and emergency powers to be kept in place for months.
“To meet the steep, varied, and ongoing demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic, my administration must continue to use the full range of tools available to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our state and its residents. I welcome you and your colleagues’ continued partnership in fighting this pandemic,” Whitmer wrote in her letter addressed to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield.
Because of her authoritarian tendencies, Whitmer is now a leading candidate to be the vice presidential choice for Democrat presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Law enforcement is not ruling out criminal penalties for individuals who refuse to follow Whitmer’s commands as well.
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