Newly released footage of the Parkland shooting shows former Broward Deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Florida high school as the gunman kills 17 people inside.
The video was released Thursday afternoon after a Florida judge ordered that it be made public. Peterson is seen speeding around in a golf cart and then standing on the pavement outside. He never enters the building.
“The video speaks for itself,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21. After being suspended without pay, Peterson chose to resign and immediately retired rather than face possible termination.”
After the February 14th shooting, much of the national conversation was focused on restricting gun ownership. National Rifle Association Spokeswoman Dana Loesch was castigated over the shooting at a live town hall hosted by CNN, as Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sat by and tried to deflect blame from his own office.
Loesch criticized Israel’s office for not doing more to stop the shooter after they received numerous calls from the shooter’s home. Israel tried to downplay his office’s inaction by saying there were no more than 23 calls, but public records show at least 39 calls were made. Several other deputies are reportedly under investigation as well after Israel said several officers failed to respond properly.