Cop Who Ducked Parkland Shooter Gets $8K Monthly Pension

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Peterson took a defensive position outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and did not enter the building as a gunman killed 17 people, videos released by police showed.

The report found that the 55-year-old Peterson will be retiring with a monthly pension of $8,702.35, and received his first payment last month. He was paid $101,879.03 previous year, according to the news outlet, which cited sheriff's office records. Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance.

Peterson was branded a "coward" by President Donald Trump and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that he should have gone into the school building to "kill the killer". "Addressed the killer. Killed the killer".

During most of the six minutes of shooting, the camera's view of Peterson is blocked by a light pole but parts of him occasionally appear.

The recent revelations about Peterson's compensation, which would total more than $100,000 annually, sparked a backlash among two vocal parents of students killed in the Parkland shooting.

Florida law allows for the forfeiture of pension benefits based on a conviction for certain offenses, Erin Rock, secretary for the Department of Management Services, wrote in a letter to Broward State Attorney Michael Satz and Sheriff Israel.


Facing disciplinary action from the Broward County Sheriff's Department, Peterson opted to resign and retire on February 23, just 9 days after the shooting.

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Andrew Pollack, who lost daughter Meadow in the shooting and filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Peterson in April, also criticized the former deputy.

Pollack later tweeted, "The coward of broward, Scot Peterson is getting over $8k a month pension!"

"Let there be no mistake, Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the 17 victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims in their time of need", he said at that time.

"He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!" He had been captured on CCTV standing outside a door to the school in Parkland, Florida, while suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz went on the rampage, killing 14 students and three officials.

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