Judge: Release Video Outside Florida School During Shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. -- Security video shows a Florida sheriff's deputy go toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but he stayed outside with his handgun drawn. Authorities released surveillance video Thursday showing what happened outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the Feb. 14 mass shooting.

A Florida judge earlier this week agreed with news outlets including The Associated Press that the video should be released. 


Video shows deputy outside school

The video from outside the school depicts actions during the shooting by former deputy Scot Peterson, who was armed and assigned to the school but did not enter the targeted building during the shooting. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson was suspended without pay, and chose to resign.

Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation. Video of what happened inside the school is not being released.

The surveillance video shows Peterson outside the school, at times running and talking on his radio. It shows him and a staff member rushing toward the building in a cart. He pulls his weapon and takes up a position outside the building.

During much of the shooting, the camera's view of Peterson is blocked by a light pole but parts of him occasionally appear.

He never went inside.

In a statement along with the video release, Broward Sheriff's officials said they "welcomed" the court's decision to release the video.

"The video speaks for itself. His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 21," the statement said.

Israel said last month that the video shows Peterson arriving at the west side of Building 12 and taking up a position, but he "never went in" as shots rang out inside. Israel said Peterson "clearly" knew there was a shooter and was outside for about four minutes. The shooting lasted about six minutes, Israel said.

When asked what the deputy should have done, Israel said, "Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer." Israel said he was "devastated, sick to my stomach, there are no words."

Last month, Scot Peterson's attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, said that the one-time school resource officer of the year didn't go inside the high school because it sounded like the shooting was happening outside the building. DiRuzzo called the criticism of Peterson's actions unfounded and described them as "uncalled for attacks upon his character."


Source : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parkland-shooting-video-to-be-released-today-2018-03-15-live-stream-updates/

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