Deputy Who Hid Outside FL School During Shooting Lived Rent Free On Campus, Previously Refused To Help In Investigation Of Shooter
Plus a salary which was with overtime over $100,000. And he did nothing to prevent this.
Scot Peterson, the 54-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer who resigned after security footage revealed he made no effort to engage alleged mass killer Nikolas Cruz during the rampage last week, previously lobbied Broward County school officials to continue funding a program that allowed cops to live in mobile homes on school property rent-free.
Not only did Peterson fail to confront Cruz—he also failed to assist a previous investigation, undertaken by state authorities, to determine whether Cruz was a threat to himself or others. His mistakes compound the errors made by other law enforcement entities, including the FBI and Broward County PD.
The housing program was in effect at 32 different Broward County schools. Officials reasoned that cops living at the schools would mean 24-hour security. But a 2015 audit determined that the program was a waste of money.
The auditor said, “Frankly, I’m embarrassed,” and “I would shut it down immediately,” according to the Sun Sentinel. Officials could find no evidence that the live-in cops were deterring crime.