Parkland school police officer who failed to intervene in mass shooting cleared of child neglect charges

The former sheriff’s deputy, who failed to act in the 2018 Parkland High School shooting that killed 17 people, was found not guilty on child neglect and other charges.

Scot Peterson dropped out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when children and teachers were inside with the shooter.

The former Broward County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty of seven counts of child neglect and three counts of gross negligence related to the deaths and injuries of ten people on the third floor of the school where the massacre took place. The New York Times written down.

Mr Peterson was also cleared of perjury after telling police he heard only a few shots and no students fled the area.

The father of one of the victims told the former deputy to “rot in hell” and he was branded a “coward in Broward” after being criticized by some colleagues for allegedly being too scared to do anything .

Gunman Nicholas Cruz was sentenced to life in prison last year, several years after the shooting that killed 17 and wounded another 17 on February 14, 2018 – Mr Peterson was the only armed officer at the school that day.

Mr Peterson, 60, got emotional Thursday as the Broward County judge read the verdict in Fort Lauderdale court.

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Russell Falcon

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