There is new development that during the Florida school shooting last week the police who was assigned to the school did not even make an attempt to confront the mass murderer.
One week after a mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.
A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed to the building but never went inside – instead waiting outside for another four agonizing minutes as Cruz continued the slaughter.
And long before Cruz embarked on the worst school shooting in Florida history, Broward Sheriff’s deputies had multiple warnings that the 19-year-old was a potential school shooter, according to records released Thursday .
Scot Peterson, a sheriff’s deputy, resigned Thursday after Israel placed him under an internal affairs investigation for failing to meet the standards of the sheriff’s office. Two other deputies, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs, have been placed on restricted duty while the department investigates whether they could or should have done more to stop the shooter.
Police protocol requires confronting shooting suspects as quickly as possible. Peterson should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer,” Israel said at a news conference in Fort Lauderdale.
It is difficult to fathom how a nation where police often kill Black males as they are running away would not confront a killer as he murders children.