Twitter explodes with folks who are outraged to learn how much deputy Scot Peterson earns after failing to act during the Parkland high school shooting. The former Marjory Douglas high school deputy reportedly collects an $8,700 check each month off of his school resource officer pension.
This guy made $102K a year as a "School Resource Officer" and his ONE JOB was to protect the kids. That's it. THAT was his job. He FAILED MISERABLY and now gets $8,700 a month for the rest of his life.
YOUR TAXES paid for this. https://t.co/DV9ma57Dv6
— But…Conservatives! (@Gooms) May 15, 2018
This is sickening. Even if this guy wasn't a coward how is this acceptable police can retire at 55 making 9k a month?!?!? The rest of us scrape by paying taxes so they can live the life of Riley. Unreal. https://t.co/dfqeMV6Ip7
— Andrew Yorke (@AndrewYorke55) May 15, 2018
Peterson resigned and retired Feb. 22, a week after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he waited outside as Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 17 others.
Peterson began to receive his pension in April, according to the Florida Department of Management Services. He can receive the payments for the rest of his life.
Peterson gave a false statement to police the day of the shooting claiming that he wasn’t aware of where the shooter was during the time of the massacre. He then quickly resigned to collect his pension once Boward county officer’s alerted Peterson that they recovered the surveillance footage that contradicted his claim.
Despite public outrage, once the footage was released, Peterson was never brought up on charges and was allowed to keep his pension.
As Originally Reported By Sun Sentinal:
Released surveillance videos show school deputy Scot Peterson standing and waiting outside a building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High as Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people.
One of the videos appears to show Peterson take up a position against the wall of one building and stand there for about 25 minutes, until well after Cruz had completed the killings in an adjacent building and left the campus.
The videos, released in response to a lawsuit from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and CNN under Florida’s public records law, shed light on Peterson’s actions but little else.