‘An Embarrassment to Law Enforcement’: Parkland Victim’s Family Celebrates ‘Coward’ Deputy’s Arrest

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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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.

Responses

  1. I have mixed feelings about this. I’m sure my opinion won’t be popular, but hear me out.

    While I despise the fact this guy is a coward, I have to ask myself, “Is cowardice in the face of an emergency criminal?” There’s no doubt he should have acted and that, likely, more people were harmed because of the delay. There’s also no doubt this man should lose his job and probably endure a lifetime of regret and criticism, becoming an example of what not to do.

    But, was he criminally accountable? Was there a crime and is this a precedent we want to set? It’s more the setting up of this concept that if you fail to act in a way people expected you to, you are to be held criminally liable. What law has been broken? Are folks trying to find a crime that fits in order to punish a man that they are angry with? Or, was there clearly a violation of the law, for which he should be held accountable. If it’s the latter, then I’m happy to step out of the way and keep my opinion to myself. But if it’s the former, then who’s going to stop the angry mob from using this new technique on an ever broadening group of Americans?

    Food for thought.

  2. Every cog makes a machine work. A defective part insures failure. Peterson was/is a defective cog. It was his job to serve and protect not hide and neglect.
    He has to live with himself, but dead teenagers cannot do so. This was an awful thing to have happen. No one knows for certain how they would react in a similar situation, but I imagine most people in law enforcement would do their utmost to do their duty. The fact that he lied after the fact shows what sort of person he is. God have mercy on his soul, because he does not deserve it.

  3. They have also forgotten the Obama Era “Promise Program”……which made it impossible to expel, or suspend the shooter from the school …… even though he had already been in serious trouble, and because of the “Promise Program” they were basically assisting in enabling this wack job to carry out his horrific acts? Should those affiliated with this program, who technically have blood on their hands be included in the same charges as Officer Peterson? I think so!

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