Parkland officer called coward gets a $8702-a-month pension

The Broward Sheriff's Office released an unedited of surveillance video outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during and after confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people on Feb. 14 2018

The Broward County Sheriff's deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who failed to act and engage the killer while the February massacre was ongoing, has begun receiving a massive pension now that he is retired.

The investigation into the response to the massacre has yet to conclude.

Surveilance video from February 14 showed Peterson waiting outside the school while the shooter went through the halls with an AR-15 rifle shooting and killing students and teachers.

Peterson claimed he heard gun shots, but thought they were coming from outside the school.

"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald.

Andrew Pollack, the father of victim Meadow Pollack, called Peterson "the coward of Broward" on Twitter, and a legislator, Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Coral Springs, called on Scott to take away Peterson's pension.

Personnel records indicated Peterson had stellar reviews before the shooting.

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The cop who ducked the Parkland School shooter is getting an $8,702.35 monthly pension, Time magazine reported.

Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been jailed since the shooting. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!

"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added.

Because Michael Satz, state attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, which includes Broward County, declined to file charges against Peterson, there is no reason to deny Peterson his benefits, said Ashley, the Florida Department of Management Services spokeswoman.

Peterson has not been criminally charged, but his pension benefits could be in question after a state inquiry into how police responded to the shooting.

Peterson was the subject of considerable criticism in the wake of the shooting after reports emerged that the sheriff's deputy chose to remain outside the school rather than enter when the gunman began opening fire. Gov. Rick Scott has also requested a state investigation into the law enforcement response to the shooting.

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