The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Meadow Pollack celebrated the arrest of former Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson, who chose to stay outside the school as a gunman rampaged through the building.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that they had arrested Peterson for “seven counts of neglect of a child,” “three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury” for having done “absolutely nothing” to stop the attack on the Florida high school that left 17 people dead.
Peterson had remained outside the school as gunfire echoed inside and “directed other law enforcement who arrived on the scene to stay 500 feet away from the building.”
The news of the arrest was met with celebration from victim Meadow Pollack’s family, who took to the media to share their reactions.
Meadow’s brother, Hunter Pollack appeared on “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday morning where he blasted Peterson as “a disgrace to the men and women who serve our country honorably” and said that the Parkland, Florida community “could not be more happy” with the arrest.
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Thanks to my family's wrongful death lawsuit and @GovRonDeSantis being a true leader, we're finally holding people accountable for the 17 murdered in Parkland.
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) June 5, 2019
Hunter continued on to say that Peterson was a “coward” who “lied on the ‘Today Show'” and that he “hop[ed]” the former deputy would “spend the rest of his life in a prison cell.”
“He is a coward. He lied on the ‘Today Show.’ […] He never went into the building. He’s a liar, and I hope that he serves the rest of his life in a prison cell.”
The father of the family, Andrew Pollack, gave his thoughts on the arrest in an interview with the Washington Examiner published Wednesday, where he proclaimed that Peterson was “an embarrassment to law enforcement.”
“That’s your job, that’s your duty. Most of these guys would go in [to the school],” Andrew told the Examiner. “This guy is an embarrassment to law enforcement.”
Andrew also said that the perjury charge against Peterson came from a deposition he gave while under a wrongful death investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
At the time of the shooting, Peterson was on duty as the school resource officer for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The alleged shooter is still awaiting trial.