Scot Peterson's $8K-plus pension: It pays to be cowardly

The Broward Sheriff's Office released an unedited of surveillance video outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during and after confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people on Feb. 14 2018

The Broward Sheriff's Office released an unedited of surveillance video outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during and after confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people on Feb. 14 2018

Despite resigning in disgrace after the Parkland school shooting, former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy Scot Peterson is receiving a generous state pension that will pay him more than he made in his past year on the force.

Peterson resigned and retired a week after the shooting when an initial investigation revealed he didn't go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to confront the shooter, who is charged with killing 17 students and teachers, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Peterson gained national infamy in February after it was revealed he hid outside a school building while one of the largest school shootings in US history was ongoing.

Fred Guttenberg and Andrew Pollack, two fathers whose children were killed in the shooting, slammed Peterson for still being paid despite his inaction. Monthly payments are calculated based on the five highest-paid years of Peterson's 32-year career in law enforcement.

Peterson attracted controversy after surveillance footage showed that Peterson, who was the resource deputy stationed at the high school, stood outside the building as gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire.

According to a Florida Department of Management Services letter dated March 28, Mr Peterson was found to be entitled to a full pension - despite his behaviour during the incident, CNN reports.

The confused ex-cop later said he believed the gunshots were occurring outside the school. However, if the investigation finds wrongdoing on Peterson's part, he could still lose his pension, the Sentinel reported.

Resource officer Scot Peterson talks during a school board meeting of Broward County, Florida on February 18.

Outraged by news of Peterson's hefty pension, Pollack took to twitter to vent.

"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!

State Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D), a Stoneman Douglas alumnus who represents the district in the Florida Legislature, also called on Gov. Rick Scott (R) to block Peterson's pension.

"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added.

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