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On Thursday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the sheriff's deputy who was assigned to protect Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stood outside the building as the shooting took place even though he was in uniform and armed.
In response to the massive criticism that Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson has received, he reportedly thinks he did a good job.
According to the New York Post, Peterson's union official, Jim Bell, says Peterson maintains he “did a good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description [of Nikolas Cruz].”
Despite Peterson's side of the story, Bell hinted the school resource officer made the wrong decision.
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“We have to act, even if that means risking our lives to save many, many more lives. I would demand that from our union members,” Bell said. “You're listening to an execution every time you hear the rifle shot.”
It was also revealed Peterson had interacted with suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz in 2016. Peterson “refused to share any information ... regarding [an] incident that took place with” Cruz after a social services agency investigation was opened.
During his press conference, Israel voiced his anger on the lack of action from Peterson.
“Devastated. Sick to my stomach,” he said. “There are no words. These families lost their children. We lost coaches. I've been to the funerals. I've been to the homes where they sit in shiva. I've been to the vigils.”
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