According to the latest reports, the police offer assigned to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who failed to engage at the recent shooting, sadly wasn’t the only one.
Three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies remained outside standing behind their vehicles when police officers from Coral Springs arrived at the scene.
The Coral Springs officers, along with newly arrive Broward County Sheriff’s deputies then entered the building.
On February 14, the 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and wounded 16. He was eventually found and arrested following the shooting and now faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.
After the deadly shooting in Parkland, FL, media reports emerged about Scot Peterson, the school’s armed resource officer who did not enter the building during the shooting.
The Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced last week that video footage showed that Peterson did not enter the building before or during the shooting. Peterson was soon suspended and he then decided to resign.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive … take up a position and he never went in,” said Israel. He also said that he should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”
“I’m in shock and I’m outraged to no end that he could have made a difference in all this. It’s really disturbing that we had a law enforcement individual there specifically for this reason, and he did not engage. He did not do his job. It’s one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever heard,” said County Superintendent Robert Runcie.
An investigation regarding the three other Broward officers is already underway. A report is expected to be released this week. Tapes are being reviewed and officers at the scene are being interviewed.
“If our investigation shows that our deputies made no mistakes or did things right, or it’s not corroborated, there will be no issue,” said Israel. “If we find out, as we did with Peterson, that our deputies made mistakes and didn’t go in, I’ll handle it like I always have. I’ll handle any violations of policy or procedures or whatever accordingly.”
The Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum publicly confronted Israel about his officers lack of action when they arrived at the school.
“The resentment among Coral Springs officials toward Broward County officials about what they perceived to be a dereliction of duty may have reached a boiling point at a vigil the night of February 15, where, in front of dozens of others, Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum confronted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. A source familiar with the conversation tells CNN that Goodrum was upset that the Broward deputies had remained outside the school while kids inside could have been bleeding out, among other reasons,” writes CNN.
“Given the horrific events of that day emotions were running high and the sheriff and I had a heated moment the following evening. Sheriff Israel and I have spoken several times since and I can assure you that our departments have a good working relationship and the utmost respect for each other,” said Goodrum to CNN.
These aren’t the only allegations against officers and agencies regarding the shooting and the teenaged gunman.
“Two additional Broward deputies are also under investigation over whether they mishandled warnings about Cruz in the months leading up to the shooting. The FBI has admitted it failed to investigate similar claims, and Florida child welfare agency looked into concerns about Cruz, but concluded he wasn’t a risk to himself or others,” writes Fox News.
Author’s note: First, Peterson and now even more cowards are being exposed. These officers could have made such a big difference, but instead it appears like they waited for back-up before entering. They could have saved lives, but instead hid behind their cars. If this is true, they don’t deserve their badges.
Editor’s note: This is just a sad state of affairs, people should resign over this.